Grassy Flat Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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

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.

Reservations can be made for Grassy Flat but it almost always has sites available on a walk-in (first-come, first-served) basis. When nearby campgrounds are full, Grassy Flat serves as an overflow. It may fill on an extremely busy summer weekend.

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 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: Open summer only.
Reservations: Reservations available for dates 6/20 to 9/2. 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).
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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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 19

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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 No
Fire Danger Level: Low
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