Area Status: Closed
Big Flat Campground is a small, quiet campground bordered by Hurdygurdy Creek. Since it is far from towns and highways, it’s the perfect place to “get away from it all.” The campground is semi-open; trees shade some sites, others have part-shade. Shrubs and grass fill in between sites.
At a Glance
||Closed this season (2016).
||Open summer only, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
||Sites in this campground cannot be reserved.
||Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
||$8 per vehicle, $5 per extra vehicle
||No drinking water available.
||A pass is not required. Passes Honored on the Smith River NRA:
Interagency Senior Pass: A lifetime pass for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., age 62 or older. There is a one-time $10 fee.
Interagency Access Pass: A lifetime pass free to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have a permanent disability, regardless of age.
Golden Age Passports and Golden Access Passports: No longer issued but still honored.
Holders of the above passes receive a 50% discount on camping fees on the Smith River NRA and Six Rivers National Forest. The passes also cover access to and use of many other Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
Obtain passes at national forest or grassland offices; or by mail through USGS—inquire at 1-888-275-8747 or online at email@example.com; or visit the USGS store at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.
Spurs lengths range from 37 to 68 feet
Two pull-through sites, lengths 90 & 120 feet
Directions: From the visitor center turn right onto 199 and drive 7.2 miles west. Turn left onto to South Fork Road (County Road 427). The sign will also read Howland Hill Scenic Drive, Stout Grove, and Myrtle Beach. Go ½ mile and bear left at the “Y” intersection to stay on South Fork Road. Continue for 14 miles and turn left on County Road 405. Campground entrance is 1/4 mile on the left.
There is no river access from the campground. Several nice South Fork river access points are within a half mile. Hurdygurdy Creek can be accessed from the campground as well as several points off of the “All Access Trail” (see Hiking below).
Campers self-register at the entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Directions: From the visitor center in Gasquet, California, turn right onto 199 and drive 7.2 miles west. Turn left onto to South Fork Road (County Road 427). The sign will also read Howland Hill Scenic Drive, Stout Grove, and Myrtle Beach. Go ½ mile and bear left at the “Y” intersection to stay on South Fork Road. Continue for 14 miles and turn left on County Road 405. Campground entrance is 1/4 mile on the left.