Our large party (8 ppl) had a fantastic time among the redwoods and California coast on our 5-day spring break vacation. We stayed at Redwoods RV for 4 nights, Mon - Fri.
*About the cabins*: we rented the two Luxury cabins at Redwoods RV. While the cabins are basically mobile homes that are fixed up cabin-style, they are comfortable, roomy and have a nice layout. The loft upstairs is short and does not allow you to stand up fully. Heater worked great. The queen beds were very comfortable. Our 15-year-old slept on the double hideabed and didn't complain. The kitchen has only the basics, but nice new stuff. No large mixing or serving bowls, so bring your own. Also don't forget to bring your own foil, baggies, and sharp chopping knives. Tiny 4-cup coffee maker was kind of a pain, may be worth bringing your own larger coffee maker if you like lots of java in the morning. The BBQ is basically an old rusty briquette BBQ outside by the driveway. We opted not to use it. The stove in the kitchen worked great, and we ended up using it for all our home-cooked meals. Wi-fi must only be available around the office - we did not get a signal in the cabins. Four people in this cabin was just about the max, I think more people could get a bit cramped if staying for longer than a couple nights. The cabins' decks overlook a wooded marshy area. Very peaceful.
*About the campground*: There's a mobile home park adjacent to the cabins that you can see as you drive in, but it really wasn't a big deal. The campground itself has some nice large redwoods right on site, and some really big old redwoods that have been chopped down many many years ago and are covered in ferns and moss. My 2-year-old niece loved the playground in the center of the grounds, and the 2 teenage boys loved the horseshoe pits. We did not use the shared bathroom/showers or the laundry facilities. The camphost was super friendly. It's in a great location central to anything you'd want to do in the area. Some of the campsites look really close together with minimal trees or shrubs as dividers or for privacy. And some are more in the sun, while others are totally shaded by trees. I would recommend calling the campground to find out which sites might best meet your needs.
*Local activities*: We really wanted to spend lots of time with the large redwoods. We actually did a lot of hanging out on the beautiful local beaches as well. The Jedidiah Smith forest was phenomenal, you can't even imagine the beauty and awe of the big ancient redwood trees until you see them up close! If you want to get really into it, you can do research online for all the "hidden titans" of the area - humongous trees off the beaten path that are not marked. Locals are doing what they can to protect these giants and keep their locations secret. I'll just say that we were able to find a few of these, and it is worth the extra effort to locate them. You just want to be very respectful and careful while exploring, and you don't want to walk up onto the trees for pictures, or crush the delicate plants and shrubs that surround them. Here's what we did on this trip, all very close to the campground:
-- Simpson-Reed Trail: AMAZING! Easy hike and incredible. Loved the huge redwood trees and the fallen monster trees. A very special place.
-- Stout Grove Trail: Also amazing. The giant Stout Tree is breathtaking. The lush understory of clover give this trail a mystical feel. Short hike and easy.
-- Boy Scout Tree: this sounds like a great hike but we were unable to access the trail head due to road closures on Howland Hill Road. This is a longer hike (5 miles one way, then you have to come back the same way, making it a 10 mile hike). Right now there's some downed trees and sink holes that need to be fixed on this trail.
-- Mill Creek Trail: This hike is harder and longer than Simpson-Reed and Stout Grove, but fantastic. About 2.5 miles one way, then you double back. You do some climbing. It skirts Mill Creek which is ice blue right now due to glacier runoff. Words can't describe the beauty of this hike and the amazing groves of titan-esque trees on this path.
-- Mystery of Trees: head South on 101 past Crescent City. This was great. Loved the trail that gets you to the gondola. Not too expensive at $15/person.
-- Beaches along 101: We found some great beaches heading south of Crescent City. Driftwood, wildlife, shells, the ocean. All very close by.