Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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The Sempervirens Club was started by the original founders of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. This campground was a gathering place for the club to host events and meetings. These grounds hold a lot of important history, for if it was not for the actions of this group, these old-growth redwoods may not exist today. Grateful are the many who come to see California's first state park!

Sempervirens Campground is divided by Big Basin Highway (Highway 236), with tent camping on one side and RV camping on the other. Old-growth redwoods are the main feature here, and many of the sites are right next to these giants. It is easy to see why this location was chosen for club meetings.

Potable water is located throughout the grounds, and restrooms with showers are located by the main entrance. These sites are fairly spacious, and most have level ground. Picnic tables, fire pits, and bear boxes are also provided at each site. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Reservation Fee


Camping in old-growth forest.


Close to Highway 236.

Pets allowed


Managed by

California State Parks

Reservation phone number

1 (831) 338-8861


ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Big Basin is closed indefinitely due to the August 2020 lightning fire; see the Big Basin page for details.
When I was a little girl, and before we moved to Felton, we camped at Big Basin. I grew up in the redwoods in Felton, just a few miles from the Big Basin area around Boulder Creek. There is no way to describe the beauty of a redwood forest and the way it smells on a warm summer day.
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