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.
Directions: From the Visitor Center turn left on Highway 199 and drive 4.5 miles east.
River Access: The river is located about 50 feet below the campground. There are no views of it from the campground but a shorttrail leads to a high view of it from an old bridge. The trail continues down to a swimming/fishing hole with a smallbeach. 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
Schedule to open June 22, 2012. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, summer only
Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
$10.00 per campsite; this includes one vehicle. There is a $5.00 charge for a second vehicle (maximum of two vehicles per site).
June 21 - September 10, 2013
Hospital, Crescent City, 36 minutes
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.
There are no trails out of the campground. An interpretive botanical trail featuring the Darlingtonia, a carnivorous plant, is located one mile west of the campground. Trails within a one-hour drive include Stony Creek, Myrtle Creek, Elk Camp Ridge, High Dome, French Hill, Patrick Creek, Craig’s Creek, Paradise, Little Bald Hills, Doe Flat, Buck Lake, Island Lake, and Devil’s Punchbowl. Consult the hiking section of this web site for details of these and other NRA trails http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/srnf/recreation/hiking.