Permits are required year-round and are only available online. Online permits have been in effect since June 2020.
The Backcountry Trip Planner can help you plan your trip.
There are seven backcountry areas including Little Bald Hills (5 sites), DeMartin (10 sites), Flint Ridge (8 sites), Gold Bluffs Beach (2 sites), Elam Camp (3 sites), 44 Camp (4 sites), and dispersed camping along the Redwood Creek gravel bars (50 permits of 2 people).
Fees are only associated with the Gold Bluffs Beach backcountry area. The $5 per person, per night fee is payable at the adjacent front country campground. Little Bald Hills, DeMartin, Flint Ridge, Elam Camp, 44 Camp, and Redwood Creek gravel bar dispersed camping are free.
Backcountry campsites are not on accessible trails and pets are not permitted. Service animals are welcome.
Backcountry campsites are in remote areas of the park. There is no cell phone reception.
Email [email protected] or call the park's general information line at (707)464-6101
*please be advised that this phone number is not always staffed and your best place for information regarding your permit will be either the email confirmation or website.
*Please note that the times listed for each day do not apply to backcountry camping permits. Reserve multiple days by clicking 'Add A Time' *
This voluntary donation is not required for a Fern Canyon reservation or other permit