Richardson Grove State Park, Garberville

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State Park
Richardson Grove State Park is located at the southernmost border of Humboldt County, 75mi south of Eureka, California, United States, and 200mi north of San Francisco. The year-round park, which has approximately 2000acre, straddles US 101, causing the narrowest point of its entire distance. Said to have the 9th largest tree of all remaining Coast Redwoods, it is known for swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River and day use in addition to 159 campsites.The park is named after Friend Richardson, the 25th Governor of California between 1923 to 1927.Current issue: road widening for commerce vs. preservationThe first road through Richardson Grove, eventually to become US Route 101, was constructed in approximately 1915 and first surfaced, most likely with gravel and oil, in 1927. A proposed project to adjust the alignment of Route 101 both inside and outside park boundaries to accommodate industry standard-sized trucks in compliance with the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) has been in development by Cal Trans (Caltrans). STAA-compliant vehicles are currently prohibited north of Leggett, California on Route 101 through Richardson Grove State Park. The feasibility of constructing a four-lane bypass of Richardson Grove State Park was analyzed in 2001, but deemed infeasible.
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  • great camping and lots of fun for kids. I've been going here for 60 years every summer. Fun campfire programs and nature walks.  more »
  • The place is very nice and quiet. He has bathrooms, showers payment and in plots assigned space for bonfires. There are many trails to discover.
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  • We visited yesterday and had a great time. The park is beautiful and the trees are amazing. We would like to visit another time when the visitors center is open.  more »
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  • A family summer tradition every year! Great location. Not to far from nearby town. They're building a new visitor center. Bathrooms are cleaned daily. Showers are hot (but make sure you have quarter's). Most sites are private. Beautiful and relaxing. Listen for the owls late at night! Nice river to swim in. Worth it for every camper!
  • It's spacious, clean, open, empty, huge campground. The showers were warm, the vents in the ceiling were missing screens, was clean other than someone had left their soap/etc behind, nbd. 1.25$ for 5 min, I didn't need all of that time, so pretty cheap. VERY active state campground workers. They were doing a loop about every 15 min, driving around and around. It was a little weird. There is no coverage between the campsites, just open, but almost totally empty. That, and the patrolling keep it from getting higher rating. If you don't mind open camping, then it would be a higher rating as well. I'd really have it at ⭐⭐⭐.🌟 The workers at the entrance were very friendly and helpful.
  • You don't have to drive far to find big trees from Highway 101. Richardson Grove is directly on the highway. It's a sanctuary of tall trees, with a campground, visitor center, and restrooms. The trees are cool and quiet. There's a river at the edge of the park. A very pleasant place.
  • One of the best stops in all of redwood country. Loved all the short hiking trails through the amazing redwoods. Very kid-friendly. Very clean and pristine.
  • Worst camping experience of my life, and I didn't even stay there. The place is too close to the freeway for my taste, but my friend was camped there and I live in the area, so I picked her up. The lady at the gate was kind enough to give me a 20 minute pass into the campground, but within five minutes of stopping at her campsite the park supervisor (T. Valerria) drove up and first informed me that I'd overstayed my 20 minutes (I wasn't even close), then proceeded to call to check my VIN number. From the sound of the conversation, he assumed my plates were stolen because the tags on them were currently paid. He just assumed I was a criminal because I had an older car with current registration. I've never been so insulted. He then proceeded to write me a $70 ticket because I'd parked in a spot where the wooden pillars that block off every other part of the campground had been removed, seemingly to create a parking space. While the other employees seem fine, the supervisor seems convinced that he's the big, bad lawman and anyone that isn't a nice, white, solidly middle-class family needs to be run out of his territory. Meyer's Flat is around 30 minutes north from here, costs about the same, and has free showers with a laundry facility, as well as staff who aren't incredibly rude. Don't camp here unless you enjoy tons of highway noise and being treated like dirt.