SP Campground Review – Buffalo Bill State Park (North Fork), Cody, WY
A very scenic State Park campground just ~14 miles west of downtown Cody in Northwestern Wyoming.
Note/ This review is only for North Fork Campground. There is also a North Shore Campground ~5 miles East (same state park) that I did not review.
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very nice sites here except for a few slight dings. Sites are all large, long, very spacious paved pull-throughs with spacious “sitting areas” containing concrete picnic table and metal fire-pit. They are arranged in 2 main loops, an “upper loop” which has open 360-degree open views of the mountains and slices of river views (esp. outer sites along 49-62) as well as a large, grassy field in the middle (with playground), and a “lower loop” by the river-front which has less grand views, but more protection from the wind. Our preference is upper loop for the expansive views, but both loops are nice and sites are very well spaced. Only slight ding is there is no real privacy (sites are very open) and some of the sites are not flat. However the overall distribution and layout is excellent, and all sites can easily fit just about any-sized rig. 56 total RV sites of which 14 are reservable (in season) and the rest are first-come-first-serve. 8 sites have electric/water, whereas the rest are primitive (no hookups). There is also a separate group camping area.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Good all-around facilities. There is are several pit-toilets, all kept nicely clean and one central flush toilet and shower facility (also nicely clean). Only main ding is that the showers are pay-only ($0.50 for 3 mins). On-site dump station and potable water.
- Location = 5/5
This is a great location to explore Cody. The State Park itself is very pretty and has a nice nature-trail nearby as well as several nearby day-use areas and other trails around the lake. The town of Cody is only ~14 miles away and has an excellent museum as well as a nice brew-pub and all the shopping/groceries you would need. Lastly the East entrance of Yellowstone is ~47 miles away allowing a longer day-trip into Yellowstone for those willing to make to the drive.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent place for doggie. Lots of space & green grass to hang out in by camp, plus there is a nice nature-trail on-site and other nearby trails (by Eagle Point) for further hiking. No easy access to river however, so not really any opportunity to swim for doggie unless you drive further east to the day-use area by the lake.
Overall Rating = 4.4
BONUS ALERT = Camp with 360-degree views of the mountains!
Summary: We chose this as our base to explore the town of Cody and it worked out perfectly. Buffalo Bill State Park is actually a very large state park located ~10 miles west of Cody around the huge Buffalo Bill Reservoir. It has two main campgrounds, the North Shore Campground (on the reservoir itself, around 9 miles from Cody) and the North Fork Campground (further west by the river, around 14 miles from Cody). We chose to stay at the latter since it is located further back from the main road, and we thoroughly enjoyed both the views and the quiet. In North Fork sites are all spacious pull-throughs with large green/grassy “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. There are 2 main loops -> an “upper loop” located slightly above the river around a large green field which has absolutely outstanding views of the mountains and slice views of the river (esp. outer sites by 49-62), and a “lower loop” located down by the river which has less grand views, but slightly more protection from the wind (and it does get windy here). We preferred the “upper” for the expansive views and had a very nice site with almost no-one around us. Only slight dings? The sites do not really have any privacy (this is a very open campground) and some of the sites are uneven. Plus when it’s windy, well…you do get alot of wind here! Overall it was an excellent (and very scenic) stop for an inexpensive price and a great base to explore the area. We would certainly stay here again and recommend it to others.
Extra Info: Very good cellphone signal. We had 2-4 bars of fast Verizon LTE (unboosted) and 2 bars fast ATT LTE (unboosted). 62 total sites of which 56 are for RV’s while 6 are tent-only. Only 14 sites are reservable (in season) while the rest are first-come-first-serve. 8 sites have electric/water. Sites cost $17/night for non-WY residents. 14-day stay limit. Potable water and dump station on site.