RICHARDSON GROVE STATE PARK
Established in 1922 and named after Friend W. Richardson, the 25th governor of California, the park is bisected by Hwy. 101 and the south fork of the Eel River. Camping, hiking, swimming, and just relaxing are popular activities throughout much of the year. Fishing for salmon and steelhead is popular during the winter.
Richardson Grove State Park is where you first encounter significant old growth redwood forest when coming north. The 9th tallest coast redwood, a fallen tree ring study conducted in 1933, and a walk-through tree are immediately available.
Over nine miles of hiking trails, picnic area with ample parking, river access, and seasonal fishing.
The park offers a variety of Interpretive/Educational programs during the summer including evening campfire programs, Junior Rangers, and guided nature walks.
A visitor center and nature store are located in the historic 1930?s Richardson Grove lodge and are also open May - September.
The park was established in 1922. It is named after Friend W. Richardson, a former state governor.
The area covers approximately 2000 acres and features ancient redwood trees that are over three centuries old.
In its early years, it served as an important transportation route for people traveling to northern parts of California.
It became popular among tourists due to its natural beauty and recreational activities like camping, hiking trails and swimming spots along South Fork Eel River.
Over time conservation efforts have been implemented by authorities to protect this unique ecosystem from logging operations or other potential threats.
- Family Campsites: 170 campsites available, equipped with picnic tables and fire rings.
- Group Camps: Two group campgrounds accommodating up to 50 people each.
- Huckleberry Campground: Offers secluded sites for a more private camping experience.
- Madrone Grove Camping Area: A smaller area suitable for tent-only camping.
- Oak Flat Camping Area: Ideal location near the South Fork Eel River; RV-friendly site but no hookups provided.