Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Parking for one vehicle comes with the camping fee, otherwise it is $8 per vehicle per night


Close to Big Basin Redwood State Park.


No fires.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

California State Parks

Reservation phone number

1 (831) 338-8861


Flushing toilets
Potable water


Nearby Lodging + Camping


Big Basin is closed indefinitely due to the August 2020 lightning fire; see the Big Basin page for details.
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