Hidden Springs Campground Review


We went on a camping trip to Hidden Springs campground in Weott, CA. Hidden Springs is one of the campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods State Park which means it is also a California State Park. We stayed at site 64.

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The Campsite

We were happy to see that site 64 was one of the few campsites that was fairly easy to park our 20 foot trailer in. The way the road curves and the slant of the parking pad make it a nice spot for a trailer. It’s also one of the few sites that have the main site area directly next to the parking pad. Most of the sites have a small trail from the parking pad to the site area. So we were very happy with our site because it worked great for our needs.

We were there Memorial Day weekend which is the first weekend this campground opens. The place was packed. However, our site and most of the other sites still felt pretty private because you’re looking at a wooded hillside, not your neighbors. The entire campground is on a big hill which is why the sites can feel private though close, and why most sites have trails from the parking to the site area. The giant hill also makes the campground not ideal for the kids to ride bikes.

This campground seemed to be primarily designed for tent campers. If you intend to bring a trailer make sure you don’t reserve a site that is designated as tent only. Most of the sites here would be tricky to park a trailer in. And oddly enough, even though there are over 150 campsites at Hidden Springs, when we drove around the entire campground we only saw 1 other travel trailer and 1 cargo trailer. That is pretty rare, especially on a holiday weekend.

Our site had a picnic table though it was wobbly and one side was unusable except by our youngest child who was light enough to not cause issues. We didn’t use the table much because of the condition it was in. We have small camping tables for the kids and just ate around the campfire. The site did have a firepit and a bear box. The site also had lots of mosquitos.

This was a dry campground so there were no water or electrical hook-ups. There also was no dump station. We had a good cell signal through Verizon.

The Best Campsites

  • Site 64
    • The site we had is probably the best option if you want to camp with a trailer.
  • Sites 143 & 144
    • These sites would work together if you want to camp with another family. 144 is slightly nicer and more private though you do have to walk down a small trail to get to the main site area. Both would be okay to park a trailer in too.

The Activities

There is a hiking trail from the campground to Williams Grove. This looks like it would be a nice trail to check out. We didn’t go on it though because it’s not dog-friendly.

There is also the Hidden Springs Beach Trail which goes through the redwoods and then takes you to a swimming area in the Eel River.

The campground is on the Avenue of the Giants and there are several beautiful trails and roads you can explore very close to camp.

The Dog-Friendly Hiking

There really are not dog-friendly hiking options in this area. There are amazing trails in the area but none of them allow dogs. Last time we camped in this area we went up to Fortuna to do some dog-friendly hiking. The Rohner Park Loop trail in Fortuna offers a beautiful dog-friendly hike but it is about a 40 minute drive.

The Beer

Just like the dog-friendly hiking, there is some good local beer but it’s a 40 minute drive away in Fortuna. The Eel River brewing company is our favorite brewery to go to in the area.

The Recap

Hidden Springs offers small but private sites to relax at camp. It’s located in a beautiful area with redwood trees and the Eel river. If you want to relax under some trees it’s a great place to visit.

Campground Details:

Hidden Springs Campground
17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571

Can reserve online at reservecalifornia.com. Reservations open 6 months ahead at 8am PST.

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