Embrace Wilderness: Sky Meadow Group Campground in Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Nestled 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236, Sky Meadow Group Campground in Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers an unparalleled camping experience amid the captivating beauty of nature. Open daily from mid-May through early September, this campground boasts two primitive group areas with walk-in tent sites, providing a true wilderness-like escape. As you plan your visit, explore the tips, strategies, and gear recommendations below to ensure a memorable adventure in the heart of the redwoods.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Wagon Assistance: Given the 70-yard walk to campsites, consider bringing a wagon to ease the transportation of gear to the campsite.
  • Reservation Wisdom: As camping reservations are not available due to current closures, make the most of day use and explore the park’s wonders with required reservations.
  • Group Size Planning: With sites accommodating 9 to 40 people, plan your group size accordingly, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.
  • Memorable Attractions: Explore nearby Sempervirens Falls, Slippery Rock, and redwood groves for a truly immersive experience.
  • Wildlife Awareness: Be mindful of common wildlife like raccoons, deer, woodpeckers, and quail, and secure your food in lockers or vehicles to keep it safe.

Top Strategies and Tactics for the Ultimate Camping Experience:

  • Ideal Timing: Opt for a visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day to experience the campground’s full offerings and enjoy pleasant weather.
  • Tranquil Hours: Respect quiet hours from 10 PM to 6 AM, ensuring a serene atmosphere for all campers.
  • Trail Exploration: Embark on various trails leading to park highlights, such as Berry Creek Falls, Redwood Trail, Sequoia Trail, and Maddocks Cabin Site.
  • Engage in Park Programs: Participate in guided nature walks, campfire talks, Junior Rangers (for ages 7-12), and the Big Basin Nature Club (for ages 3-6 and their families).
  • Wood Collecting Etiquette: Adhere to park regulations by refraining from wood collecting, maintaining the natural beauty of Big Basin.

Recommended Camping Gear:

  • Campsite Essentials: Pack picnic tables, food lockers, and fire rings to make the most of your campsite amenities.
  • Quality Tent: Ensure a comfortable night’s sleep with a durable and spacious tent suitable for the group size.
  • Hydration Solutions: Carry reusable water bottles and a water filtration system for easy access to tap water in the campground.
  • Nature Exploration Tools: Bring binoculars, a camera, and nature guides to fully appreciate the wildlife and scenic wonders.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

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Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Sky Meadow Group Campground, where the towering redwoods create an awe-inspiring backdrop for your camping adventure. Whether you’re exploring the trails, engaging in park programs, or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings, this campground offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature in one of California’s most iconic state parks.