Indian Creek County Park

County Park

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8950 Highway 128
Philo, CA 95466
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GPS: 39.0606, -123.4361

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 10
Open Seasonally: Yes
Max Length: 20 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

1 person has reviewed this location.

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Site Quality
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Hitched Sweet Home
Livingston, TX 30' Forest River Salem 2011 Dodge Cummins Ram 2500
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 1

Hitched Sweet Home would stay here again

“Giant Redwoods and we almost didn't make it out”

Reviewed Jun 13, 2017

Overall Rating

You can't get a full appreciation of the enormity of giant redwood trees until you camp between them. But WARNING: Do not come to Indian Creek with anything over 25 ft! In fact, I'd recommend less than 20 ft. In fact, try to camp in something as small as you can if you want to camp here.

We found the campground on a phone app, and it didn't give us any clues about size limit. When you find the park, there's just a one-track driveway that plunges into the forest off of highway 128, and down into a small parking lot with a couple signs and a restroom. The signs don't show any size limit either. So we just gave it a try. The furthest we could make it was into site #1. Any further in would require us to weave between some enormous trees in a way that our 30 ft trailer could not.

Also, it had been a rainy for California, so the forest floor was quite soft and we got stuck halfway into site #1. It took about 2 hours for us to dig a trench for our trailer wheels and reinforce it with river rocks and fallen branches. Once we got into the site, we were fine. The only way to get out when we left was to back out the same way we came, back into the day use area, disassemble part of a fence (we put it back together when we were done) and then squeeze back through the gate into the parking lot.

Despite the geometry challenges, we loved camping here. The trees are amazing. Indian creek is beautiful. The location is tricky, since the only way to any bigger towns is either a ways up or down 128 or over a curvy pass toward Ukiah. You can hear road noise from 128 but it's minimal, and the creek mostly overtakes it.

If you love redwoods and want to camp at their feet, and you have a small rig, this campground might be perfect. We have a blog post about this campground:

Site Quality

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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