South of Austin, Nevada
A great find! Took a chance on following a sign I have seen many times while driving US50. The road, after about a mile of tar, is very good for gravel USFS with little washboard (having worked in the Forest Service as a technician for three summers during my undergraduate college days i’ve driven on much much worse) for another eleven or twelve miles. About ten or so miles after leaving US50 you pass an area on the right, south, side of the road that looks ‘campground’. This isn’t the campground, just spaces folks have made camping spaces. You continue and pass a USFS sign that states you have entered the national forest and about a mile later (or so) find Big Creek Campground on the right (south) with two outhouses, picnic tables, and defined camping areas.
One section is set aside for may folks to part their campers together with a central fire ring. The other sites, half-dozen, are for single rigs. One site is longer, the others are short (by today’s modern standard) at about 25 feet. Watch the overhanging trees in the ‘long’ site. I could just fit the Outfitter with the roof up. This ‘long’ space was more than adequate for to park truck & boat without unhooking.
The campground sets next to a small stream and within a smattering of smallish and scrubish trees. This is a basic USFS camp so no charge to stay (bonus!). The outhouses were standard USFS type and in good repair. The surrounded steep hills are great to look at and I was treated to watching to moon rise over the ridge to the east and in the morning watch the sun turn the hillsides gold. Wonderful!
Being in a steep valley there is no cell coverage and spotty GPS coverage.
If you don’t mind driving on over 24 miles on gravel (twelve each way) this is a great location. I’ve no idea how busy this location can be, I didn’t see another car/person during my overnight stay. My bet is on weekends there are a good number of folks and it seems logical this place would be busy during hunting season.