There are a number of bed-and-breakfasts and roadside motels in Crescent City, Orick, and Klamath. The Crescent City/Del Norte Chamber of Commerce (www.exploredelnorte.net; tel. 800/343-8300) is a good resource.
Most drive-in camping is in the state parks. In the southern part of the complex, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (tel. 707/465-7354), known for its old-growth redwoods and herds of elk, has two drive-in campgrounds. Elk Prairie Campground, 5 miles north of Orick on U.S. 101, is near hiking trails, has a nature center, and offers evening campfire talks. Make reservations through ReserveAmerica (tel. 800/444-7275; www.reserveamerica.com). Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is 3 miles north of Orick on U.S. 101, then 5 miles west on Davison Road. It's somewhat more primitive and offers trail access.
In the northern part of the complex, the campground at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, along U.S. 199 at Hiouchi, provides easy access to some of the area's biggest and most spectacular redwoods, as well as campsites along the scenic Smith River. Also in the northern section is Mill Creek Campground, in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, 7 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101. It has sites for both RVs and tents, and the walk-in tent sites nestle among the redwoods. Both Jedediah Smith and Mill Creek take reservations through ReserveAmerica.
Those seeking RV hookups and the usual commercial campground amenities will find several choices in Crescent City, including the quiet, well-maintained Crescent City Redwoods KOA, 4241 U.S. 101 N., Crescent City, CA 95531 (www.crescentcitykoa.com; tel. 800/562-5754 or 707/464-5744). Tent sites are among the redwoods, and some RV sites are also shaded. The KOA has farm animals, a recreation room, a laundromat, a convenience store with RV supplies, propane, free wireless Internet, and cable TV hookups. Also here are several cabins ($55-$80 double) and one modernized cottage that sleeps six ($95-$145), situated among the redwoods.
In addition to the developed drive-in campgrounds discussed above, eight small, primitive hike-in campgrounds are in the national park; they require a walk of .25 to .5 mile. Some are free, others are $5 per person per night, and all have fire rings and toilets. Contact the park office (tel. 707/464-6101) for information.
Four campgrounds are in the mountains above the park, along U.S. 199, in the Smith River National Recreation Area (tel. 707/457-3131). I like the Panther Flat campground, with coin-op showers, where sites run $15 per night. The other, more primitive campgrounds charge $8 to $14 per night. To reserve any of the four sites, contact www.recreation.gov or call tel. 800/444-6777.
Wal-Mart, 900 E. Washington St., Crescent City (tel. 707/464-1198), sells camping supplies and sporting goods.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.