June 22, 2009

Henry Cowell Camping

We camped for 2 nights at Henry Cowell State Park . This was our first visit ever to the park. Henry Cowell has 111 campsites for tent or rv camping, no hookups. Each campsite has the standard picnic table and fire pit with flush toilets and coin operated showers nearby. Bring your quarters for the showers, 25cents gets you 2 minutes. The layout here is similar to most state parks. Decent amount of space between most campsites and most sites have shade but be sure to check site details before reserving. Advanced reservations will be needed and are site specific. An interesting thing that I don’t think I have ever seen before is that several of the sites right next to the restroom had a back fence to them. I suppose to shield the campsite from the noise and add a little privacy. One important note is that alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside the campground. One of the first things you see as your drive in is about the no alcohol policy and you actually have to initial a paper about it when you check in. There is plenty of hiking here to do and you can always go and swim in the river. Also great hiking at the nearby Fall Creek Unit which is a short drive away. Be aware the trail to hike towards the visitor center from the campground is between sites 82 and 84 as the visitor center, gift store and day use are on the other side of the park. You may want a site near there if your planning to hike out that way. Poison oak is plentiful throughout the park so be careful. Firewood is available at the front entrance. You will occasionally hear the train from nearby Roaring Camp railroads. If you need ice or other supplies, you will be passing a Safeway on your way in on Graham Hill road, it’s only about 5minutes away. Also note that Henry Cowell has totally separate entrances for the campground versus the day use area. Campground entrance is on Graham Hill Rd. Overall camping here was great. Especially liked how easy it was to reach the park since its close to highway 17.