Big Flat Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

A campsite with a picnic table and fire ring shaded by trees in Big Flat Campground.

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

Current Conditions: Expected open dates: May 29 through October 18, 2020.
Operational Hours: Open summer only, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Reservations: Sites in this campground cannot be reserved.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees $8 per vehicle, $5 per extra vehicle
Open Season: 5/29/2020 - 10/18/2020
Water: No drinking water available.
Restroom: Vault toilets.
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 US, age 62 or older. There is a one-time $80 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 fedrecpass@usgs.gov; or visit the USGS store at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.
 

General Information

Parking:

Spurs lengths range from 37 to 68 feet
Two pull-through sites, lengths  90 & 120 feet


Directions:

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.


General Notes:

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:

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.


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Day Hiking

An “All Access Trail” leads north from the campground two miles to Fox Flat. This hardened-surface trail accommodates wheelchairs, bicycles, horses, and foot-traffic. From Fox Flat a dirt trail (not accessible) continues five miles to the South Fork of the Smith River. This trail is dubbed the “Ford to Canthook” section of the Old Kelsey Trail”.

Other hiking trails within a one-hour drive of the campground include the South Kelsey, McClendon Ford, Summit Valley, Gunbarrel, Paradise, and Little Bald Hills. 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.

Amenities

Picnic tables Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills
Toilets Vault; no showers
Tent camping Yes
Accessible Yes
Camping trailer Yes

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.686450

  Longitude : 
-123.912778

 

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