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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.

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Upcoming Park Events

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Fifty miles north of Eureka, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park protects sandy beaches and open meadows grazed by magnificent herds of Roosevelt elk. Ferns cascade down canyon walls. Lush stands of the world's tallest living tree species, the coast redwood, stand in primeval majesty.

Visitors can stay at either Elk Prairie or Gold Bluffs Beach campgrounds and explore the park via three scenic drives, 75 miles of hiking trails, and a 19-mile bike loop. Traverse self-guided nature trails, as well as the Revelation Trail (designed to emphasize the use of the five senses) and the Redwood Access Trail, (designed for people with physical limitations.) Many visitors take the gentle walk to Fern Canyon, which was used as a backdrop for the movie Jurassic Park. Most of the park is dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of coast redwoods and the luxuriant life around them.

Stately and bizarre giant redwoods (including "cathedrals" and "octopuses") are just a short walk from the visitor center. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Prairie Creek and the three other parks in the Redwood National and State Parks group protect 45 percent of California's remaining old-growth redwoods.
Redwood proportion

Redwood National and State Parks

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, along with Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park. 

Gold Bluffs Beach and Elk Prairie Campgrounds are available for reservations at or by phone at 1-800-444-7275.

Reservations are needed for Elk Prairie and Gold Bluff Beach Campgrounds from May 15th through September 28th. Camping is first-come, first-served during the rest of the year. Gold Bluffs Beach campground is cabover camper- or tent-only; no trailers of any kind are allowed on Davison Road.

Summer temperatures range from 40 to 75F, but are cooler along the coast. Morning and evening fog is common. Winter brings chillier 35 - 55F days. Prepare for rain from November to May.

Rules & Notifications
Miners Ridge and Ossagon backcountry camps are permanently closed. Davison E-Camp backcountry camp is currently closed due to service reductions 

  • Davison Road, the access road to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach, cannot accommodate vehicles more than 8' wide and 24' long. No trailers are allowed.
  • Don't feed wildlife, and keep your camp free of all traces of food.
  • Store food in an animal-proof food locker.
  • Place all your garbage in an animal-proof trash can.

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

You Can Volunteer Here!

Volunteers at Prarie Creek Redwoods The Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center is accepting state park volunteer applications. 

How would you like to spend one or more days per month, 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, will improve your resume or skills, and will train you in a wide variety of visitor-center operations. You will gain insight into protecting and interpreting the ancient redwood forests; you can make a positive difference in a park visitor's experience with the knowledge that you share as a volunteer at the Visitor Center. Positions require 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 to receive an 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

Available Activities and Facilities at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible