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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Contact Information

(707) 488-2039

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 27 Feet

Park Hours

Open Year-Round

Driving Directions to Prairie Creek Redwoods SP

The park is located 50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101.
The visitor center & Elk Prairie Campground are located at the southern end of the Parkway.
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground and Fern Canyon are accessed by Davison Road, which is, located 3 miles north of Orick off of Highway 101. 50 miles from Eureka and Crescent City.
Davison Road, the access road to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach, has vehicle limitations 8' wide and 24' long. No trailers are allowed.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Starting immediately Gold Bluff Beach Campground is available for reservations on www.reserveamerica.com or by phone at 1-800-444-7275. It will be available for reservations from May 22- September 6 and will be first come-first serve during the rest of the year. Gold Bluff Beach campground is tent only and no trailers of any kind are allowed on Davison Road.

This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.

Service Reductions

Though the park is open, due to service reductions at Praire Creek Redwoods SP, Miners Ridge, Ossigon and Davison E-Camp Back Country Camps will remain closed indefinitely.

Redwood Trails Image


2nd Annual Prarie Creek Redwoods Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk
September 12, 2015. 
Download the flyer here.


Set aside in the early 1920's by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood.

Prairie Creek offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store.

This park, along with Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.

Camp Host Information

We are always accepting camp host applications for the Elk Prairie and Gold Bluff Beach campgrounds. Please email Ranger Westberg for more information

You Can Volunteer here!

Volunteers at Prarie Creek Redwoods For a limited time the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center is accepting state park volunteer applications from now through May 16th 2015!

How would you like to spend one or more days per month, through the summer, talking to park visitors about ancient Redwood forests, Roosevelt Elk, or Marbled Murrelets? Are you interested in working for State or National Parks? This volunteer position  will give you the opportunity to network with park professionals, improve your resume or skills, and will train you in a wide variety of visitor center operations. You will gain insight it protecting and interpreting the ancient redwood forests and can make a positive difference in a park visitors experience with the knowledge that you share as a volunteer at the Visitor Center. Positions start Memorial day weekend with a minimum commitment of one day per month to receive a North Coast District Redwoods State Parks free day use parking pass and access to Redwood National and State Park trainings.

Applicants must complete all volunteer application paperwork, including the livescan fingerprinting and DOJ background check as this position involves cash handling and proximity to children.

All volunteer applicants will be considered. There are many other ways to volunteer at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. If you have an idea for volunteering please let us know.

Email Ranger Christian at emilyrae.christian@parks.ca.gov to receive a application by mail or for more information call 707-465-7346.

Completed applications can be mailed to: 

Attn: State Park Volunteer Coordinator
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95513

Location/ Directions

50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101.

The visitor center & Elk Prairie Campground are located at the southern end of the Parkway.

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground and Fern Canyon are accessed by Davison Road, which is, located 3 miles north of Orick off of Highway 101. 50 miles from Eureka and Crescent City.

Davison Road, the access road to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach, has vehicle limitations 8' wide and 24' long. No trailers are allowed.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
Summer 40-75. Cooler along the coast. Morning & evening fog is common. Winter 35-55. Dress for rain November to May.

Facilities - Activities

Mostly old growth forest of coast redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir with Sitka spruce and red alder near the 10 miles of sandy coast line. Because of prevalent coastal fog, the understory of the forest is very dense. Tanoak, cascara, big leaf and vine maple and California bay can be found on edges of prairies. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species and varieties of shrubs, bushes, flowers, ferns, mosses, and lichens common to the coast redwood environment. Western azalea and rhododendron bloom in May/June and offer bright accents to the dense green of the forest. The Rhododendron Trail is a favorite for seeing this showy display.

Park wildlife is both abundant and varied including such animals as black bear, Roosevelt elk, deer, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, skunk, fox, squirrel, chipmunk and many others. 

The park consists of old growth redwood including prairies and 10 miles of scenic Gold Bluffs Beach

Designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve

Over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves

Campgrounds: Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach. One hike/bike camp at Gold Bluff Beach campground (permits issued at Kutchel Visitors Center in Orick and Crescent City Visitor Information Center).

Wildlife viewing includes Roosevelt elk, whale watching, and interesting birding (spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and 262 more animal species)

Picnic areas in the redwoods & on the beach

Fern Canyon

Cal-Barrel Road (scenic drive; motorhomes and trailers prohibited.)

75 miles of hiking trails, bicycle trails, self-guided nature trail, accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations, backpacking

Visitor Center with exhibits open year round

Nature Store open year round

Interpretive talks & guided walks (seasonal)


Available Activities and Facilities at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible