September 20, 2019

Jay Trail Camp Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Jay Trail Camp Review - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Jay Trail Camp is located central to the park and designated for backpackers and bikers on the Skyline-to-the Sea Trail.  It's only .4 miles away from State Park Headquarters (hot showers) and Big Basin Grocery Store (great beer selection).  The campground itself is within a beautiful old-growth redwood forest with Huckleberry bushes as undergrowth.  You are not assigned a specific site when you reserve so it becomes first-come, first-served in a sense.

Each campsite has a bear box to secure your items from raccoons and squirrels in the area.  Sites #7 and #8 have a firepit and picnic table.  Site #6 has a picnic table only.  You are not allowed to make a fire at any of the sites without a pit.

What to Bring:

  • Your feet
  • A backpack with gear
  • Repellant
  • A waterproof torpedo shaped container to hold cash for showers and beer!

Click here to view our to-scale campground site map and 360-degree photo tour.

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Favorite Sites: 

#7, 8, 2 (in that order)


  • Hiking - Berry Creek Falls, Redwood Nature Trail, Short Loop, Slippery Rock, Blooms Creek, Creeping Forest, Sempervirens Falls, and Buzzards' Roost hikes.

Links to my other Big Basin State Park Campground Reviews

Sempervirens Campground

Blooms Creek Campground

Wastahi Campground

Huckleberry Campground

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