Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

How to get there: The park is located 1.5 miles north of Leggett, California on Highway 101. For information call (707) 925-6482

At the "gateway to the tall trees country," Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles.

Standish-Hickey began as a 40-acre campground acquired by the Save-the-Redwoods League in 1922. It was named to honor Edward Ritter Hickey, son of a local lumberman who died of influenza while caring for the victims of the epidemic of 1918. In the late 1950's, the Standish family donated over five hundred acres, and additional acquisitions through the years have brought the park's total acreage to 1,012. Much of the land, clear-cut and then burned over in a disastrous fire in the mid-1940's is just now regaining its former beauty. One of the few virgin redwood stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail.

The park's three campgrounds contain a total of 162 family campsites. Campsites can accommodate equipment ranging from tents to 24 foot trailers and 27 foot motor homes. Camping is available year round. Summer season reservations can be made through Destinet at (800) 444-7275.

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area in a nutshell:

Visitation: 150,000/year
Location/Directions: 1.5 miles north of Leggett, California on Highway 101.
Address: 69350 U.S. Hwy. 101, Box #2, Leggett, California 95455
Telephone: (707) 925-6482
Operating Hours/Seasons: Campground open all year. Day use area open sunrise to sunset.
Climate/recommended clothing: Inland river canyon. Summer 70-90. Winter 30-55 Dress for rain.
Travel Directions: 1.5 miles north of Leggett, California on Highway 101.
Transportation (to the park/in the park): Greyhound bus line has north and southbound routes along Highway101.
Fees/costs/rates: Campsites - off season $12, on season $16. Showers need quarters. Day-use $5/car. Senior citizens receive $2 discount on camping and $1 discount on day use.
Facilities: Hiking, water access, picnic area.
Reservations/permits: Recommended for summer season, not available rest of year.
Basic visit recommendations: Good swimming holes in Eel River, seven miles of hiking trails
Special events/programs: None. Nature walks, campfires and Junior Ranger programs during summer season.
Visitor impacts: May be crowded on summer holidays otherwise about 1/2 full during summer. Very low use in off season.
Adjacent visitor attractions: Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Richardson Grove State Park, Sinkyone Wilderness Area.

Additional North Coast Redwoods District State Parks links:

[Azalea State Reserve]
[Benbow Lake State Recreation Area]
[Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park]
[Fort Humboldt State Historic Park]
[Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park]
[Standish - Hickey State Recreation Area]
[Humboldt Redwoods State Park]
[Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park]
[Humboldt Lagoons State Park]
[Lake Earl State Park]
[Patrick's Point State Park]
[Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park]
[Richardson Grove State Park]
[Sinkyone Wilderness State Park]
[Trinidad State Beach]

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Revised: 22 September 1997
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