• Photo: Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Photo: Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Photo: Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Photo: Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Photo: Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Fire Recovery Update (1/16/21):

Both Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA will be closed until sometime in 2021. We hope parts of Armstrong might be opened to docent guided fire walks in late spring but this timeframe is not confirmed. Please sign up to receive our enewsletter (at the top of webpage) to learn how you can volunteer for restoration activities in the months ahead. 

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve started burning on the forest floor on the afternoon of 8/24/20. The fire slowly burned through the grove and did not affect structures or iconic trees. State Parks, CalFire, and local firefighters worked together to make the best possible decisions with respect to managing the fire for the park and the local community. 
We thank them for their expertise and dedication.

We are sad to say that Austin Creek State Recreation Area was also burned in the Walbridge Fire. The fire went through Bullfrog Pond Campground. We hope to reopen the campground this summer.
Both Parks will be closed until further notice. See superintendent's order. We really need the public to stay away at this time. Volunteer help and support will be needed after assessments are done and hazardous trees are removed.

Stewards' staff and State Park Volunteers are at work removing and processing down trees into firewood, restoring campsites and will soon be working on rebuilding burned fencing. Trails and hazardous conditions are also being assessed by State Parks. If you are interested in Volunteering follow the instructions on THIS PAGE of our website. 

Financial resources are needed as ALL revenue generated at Armstrong Redwoods for Stewards' work has stopped
(day-use fees, camping fees, visitor center sales).


While fires help forests to Renew • Revive • Regenerate,
Stewards needs YOUR HELP to welcome you back safely into your STATE PARKS!

Thank you so very much for your support!\

A fire ban is now in effect for Bullfrog Pond Campground due to the high fire danger.

Bullfrog Pond Campground, located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area and operated by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, is nestled atop rolling hills studded with oak trees and encircles a pond surrounded by redwoods. The sunsets from Vista Point at the campground entrance are incredible! The drive to the campground itself offers a beautiful winding view as you climb out of the canyon and onto the rolling ridge line.

The campground is tent/car camping only. It has 23 sites total, 16 of which can be reserved in advance and 7 "walk-up" or first-come-first-serve sites, for $35 per night (includes 1 vehicle). Each site can accommodate up to 6 people and 20 ft. of equipment (no trailers). All sites must be paid for up front with cash or credit card only (no checks). As there is no guarantee walk-up sites will be available, we recommend arriving early on the day you would like to camp.

Campground Rules & Additional Info:

Bullfrog Pond Campground is a campground where everyone is welcome. Be respectful of your fellow campers. Observing quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM will provide a comfortable place for all park visitors to enjoy a special wilderness camping experience together. Excessive alcohol consumption, poor behavior and failure to follow park rules can result in ejection with no refunds.

  • Bullfrog Pond Campground is for tent or car camping only. There are no hook-ups or trailer sites. Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM and check-out time is noon.
  • In compliance with State Park regulations, campers may stay in the campground for a maximum of 7 consecutive nights. Once this consecutive limit has been reached, campers must vacate the campground and no one in the party may return to camp in the same park for 48 hours. Campers may stay in the same park up to 30 nights in a calendar year.
  • Access to the campground is up a very steep, winding, one-lane road with two-way traffic. Drive slowly and carefully and remember that uphill traffic usually has the right-of-way. Utilize turnouts when necessary. Austin Creek and Bullfrog Pond Campgound are closed to vehicles over 20 feet in length or to pulled trailers of any size.
  • You may register for a campsite online or at the entrance kiosk of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. If Field Operations staff are not available, please self-register at the campground entrance using the self-pay station/iron ranger. You may also register with a camphost at campsite #4 if there is one on duty.
  • Sites are $35.00 per night. Seniors (62+), disabled persons, and veterans are $5.00 off per night. This includes up to 8 people in one site and one vehicle. Additional vehicles will be charged $8.00 per vehicle per night.
  • Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Pets are allowed, but MUST be kept on a leash at all times and confined at night. Dogs are allowed on paved roads, but are NOT permitted on trails or fire-roads to protect wildlife habitat.
  • There are 23 campsites and one camphost site (#4). There are flush toilets and drinking water; however there are no showers in the park.
  • Gathering firewood is prohibited. Keep YOUR campground clean and safe.
  • Check the camphost site (#4) for hours of operation. Firewood and other camping amenities are available for sale. You may leave messages for fellow campers on the bulletin board at the site.
  • Fishing is permitted in Bullfrog Pond with a valid Fishing License. Swimming in the pond is not recommended.
  • In compliance with the California Code of Regulations, nudity is not allowed.  
  • The campground is subject to fire closure during the summer months.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel at least 24 hours before your check in day and time, you’ll receive a full refund (minus Hipcamp fees). If you cancel within the 24 hours before check in, there will be no refund.
Please be advised that:
  • Austin Creek often runs 10-20 degrees warmer than the valley floor during the summer/early fall months
  • Fire bans can go into effect at any time due to dry weather conditions and can be lifted at any time
  • Backcountry campsites are subject to closure due to heavy rain and/or inaccessibility issues 
If you need to cancel your reservation or check for availability, please call Field Operations at (707) 869-2015.


Other Things to Know:

If you are planning to camp during peak season on a weekend it is recommended that you register by Thursday or early Friday morning as sites fill up quickly.
Stewards strive to make Bullfrog Pond Campground a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. If you experience disruptive behavior by other campers or witness suspicious activity, please alert the Camp Host or our Field Operations staff immediately.
Hipcamp Promo Codes and other discounts cannot be applied to Bullfrog Pond Campground as it is run by the State, and is not a Hipcamp Landshare property. For more information, call (707) 869-2015 or send us an email.


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