Hardscrabble Campground

Boise National Forest

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Middlefork Rd. (FR-698) Garden Valley, ID 83622 208-373-4100 Official Website

GPS: 44.2388, -115.8991

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Overview of Hardscrabble Campground

Some campsites can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 30 ft. max in length. This campground is first come, first served. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Please bring cash or check.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads. Learn more: Boondocking 101.

Number of Sites 6

Elevation 3,182 ft / 969 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 30 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Ratings Summary

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Site Quality
Wendy Marie
Wendy Marie
Boise, ID
6 reviews
“Competitive but overall worth it”

Reviewed 8/24/2020

Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

The population of the Boise area is growing, but the number of available camp sites isn't. This factor can make weekend competition for a spot at Hardscrabble, like any other first-come-first-serve campground within a 100-mile radius of the state capital, downright cutthroat. If you are lucky enough to claim a spot, get used to a lot of IA and 2C license plates driving slowly by you, desperately seeking a place to set up camp. (Even the dispersed camping in the area is usually occupied). When you leave, you may have other campers waiting to pounce. Our Thursday afternoon arrival fortunately coincided with somebody else in the process of departing. Moral of the story: Consider booking some time off work and showing up on Sunday afternoon or midweek.

The five campsites are closely spaced and not terribly private; I unzipped my tent early one morning to campers in the next site staring right at me in my PJs and frizzy bedhead. But our riverside location, complete with a dammed off location for the kids to wade in, was the highlight of the trip.

Site Quality

Wendy Marie would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets
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