Grassy Flat Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Grassy Flat Campground site 6 features a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad shaded by trees.

*NOTE (May 25, 2016): Due to a leak in the water system, the water at Grassy Flat Campground has been temporarily turned off. Potable water may be obtained at either Panther Flat or Patrick Creek campgrounds.*

Grassy Flat Campground is adjacent to the Middle Fork of the Smith River. Highway 199 borders the north side. True to its name, it is flat but not grassy.Trees shade the campground and shrubs fill in the area between sites.

River Access: The river is located about 50 feet below the campground. There are no views of it from the campground but a short trail leads to a high view of it from an old bridge. The trail continues down to a swimming/fishing hole with a small gravel beach. This trail has some steep sections. Easier access is obtained by driving ½ mile east to Madrona River Access where a flat parking area is nearly at the level of a large sandy beach and shallow swimming hole.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expected 2016 open dates: 5/23-9/12, 2016.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at or by calling 877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $10.00 per campsite; this includes one vehicle. There is a $5.00 charge for a second vehicle (maximum of two vehicles per site).
Open Season: May 23, 2016 - September 12, 2016
Closest Towns: Hospital, Crescent City, 36 minutes
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault
Passes: 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; or visit the USGS store at

General Information


From the Visitor Center turn left on Highway 199 and drive 4.5 miles east.

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Camping trailer Yes, 30-foot maximum length
Toilets Vault; no showers
Picnic tables Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills
Tent camping Yes
Drinking water Yes