Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Panther Flat Campground in Six Rivers National Forest is located a stone’s throw from the banks of the Smith River, America's longest free-flowing with a National Wild and Scenic River designation. The campground is situated on a broad flat that is shaded beneath a forest of Douglas fir and cedar. Madrone trees and huckleberry make up much of the understory. The campground is open year-round and is an affordable option when compared to the National and State Park Campgrounds located in the heart of the Del Norte coast redwoods just a few miles west along Highway 199.

Popular with anglers, Panther Flat campground provides excellent access for fishing the Smith River’s famous steelhead and salmon runs. The campground is also popular as a summer swimming hole destination; many use the day use area below the camping area for swimming access. Panther Flat Campground is within the Smith River National Recreation Area, which forms a northern border with Redwood National and State Parks.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Smith River access. Less expensive than nearby state park campgrounds.



Pets allowed


Managed by

U.S. Forest Service

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777


ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Swimming holes
Potable water
Picnic tables

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

17, 33


Nearby Adventures

Smith River National Recreation Area
Smith River National Recreation Area
Smith River National Recreation Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping


There is no potable water at all for this and the other two campgrounds nearby (Grassy Flat and Patrick Creek) for the 2018 season due to water system failure so bring lots of water (there are still flush toilets here). Great site to camp by the river for swimming.
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