Jay Trail Camp

Big Basin State Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Jay Trail Camp


  • Restrooms at Jay Trail Camp.- Jay Trail Camp
  • Potable water.- Jay Trail Camp
  • Walking into Jay Trail Camp.- Jay Trail Camp
  • Designated bike camping spots.- Jay Trail Camp
  • Bear box at Jay Trail Camp.- Jay Trail Camp
  • Jay Trail Camp.- Jay Trail Camp
Overview + Weather
Close to Big Basin Redwood State Park.
No fires.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Parking for one vehicle comes with the camping fee, otherwise it is $8 per vehicle per night
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Campground Description

Campground Description


Located near the headquarters of Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a primitive campsite called Jay Camp. This is a designated biking and hiking campground, and it is best utilized as a quick stop on your way through the park. The camp holds eight fairly private tent locations. This campground has only the basics: potable water, restrooms, and food storage boxes. As is the case everywhere in the park, visitors are expected to practice a Leave No Trace ethic while camping.

The park headquarters has a lot of amenities such as coin-operated showers, a park store, a museum, and much more. Many trails start and intersect at this point as well. If you are planning on hiking the iconic Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail or any other multi-day trails, this may be a good stopping point if you are trying to keep it rugged. Otherwise, there are many other campgrounds in the area with more luxuries such as fire pits and picnic tables. 

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