The Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit organization that has operated and maintained the facilities at the Mendocino Woodlands State Park since 1949. The Park is a National Historic Landmark built as a Recreation Demonstration Area by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. Nestled in over 700 acres of redwood trees, ferns, and glades along both sides of the Little North Fork of the Big River in Northern California, the Mendocino Woodlands is the oldest group camping facility in the United States.

The Park is open seasonally from April to November for group camping only and consists of three large, private, rustic campgrounds—each with cabins and a dining/recreation hall—for camps from 30 to 250 people. Twenty-five miles of hiking trails in and around the Park, an open meadow, large beaver pond, river otters, deer, fox and other flora and fauna complete the magic of the Woodlands.


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Even though the Woodlands is set up for large groups, individuals and small groups can also enjoy the camp in several ways. Check out our Uncommon Vacations page which tells you about how you can join existing groups for music, dance, and/or cultural sharing.

Environmental education is an essential and special component offered by MWCA. In several different programs, qualified professional staff members guide campers and students in exploring and learning about wildlife and plant communities to better understand and respect our natural world.

Many campers have been coming for generations. The peaceful setting at the Woodlands provides a unique environment for retreats, training seminars, dance, music, church, youth, nature study groups and special celebrations, particularly weddings. Your group will be a welcome addition.



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Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association sincerely thanks our past and current donors, including our beloved campers!

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