Day use hours are 6am-sunset
In severe weather the park might be closed.
Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods will be closed to all visitation until March 8th, 2017 due to storm damage and further anticipated weather.
Portola Redwoods will not re-open to camping until June 1, 2017. Storms and associated damage have hindered the completion of the sewer and wastewater treatment upgrade project, therefore the campground will remain closed longer than anticipated. Thank you for your understanding.
Notice - Camping Closure:
Campgrounds at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Sunset and New Brighton State Beaches will remain closed through at least Tuesday, March 7 due to saturated soils and the potential for localized flooding and downed trees from winter storms. California State Parks now anticipates reopening on Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m., weather permitting. Campers are advised to follow local weather information. Impacted campers with reservations will be contacted regarding refunds.
Additionally, some of the backcountry areas of Santa Cruz District State Parks, including Wilder Ranch State Park, will be closed due to trail conditions. California State Parks appreciates the patience of the public as it works to ensure the safety of visitors and protection of cultural and natural resources during these weather events.
Join our Team of Volunteers
Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? You can join the team of dedicated docent’s at Castle Rock and help connect park visitors to the natural and cultural resources of the park. Docents are trained to interpret the Park, lead guided walks, and host the historic visitor center at Portola Redwoods.
The main requirements are: willingness to learn, time commitment for the course, and a post-training commitment of at least 6 hours per month. For further info or to fill in an application, please email Rose.Nelson@parks.ca.gov. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Docent Training for Portola Redwoods State Park and Castle Rock State Park:
Saturday, April 8 (general introduction training)
Saturday, April 15 (Castle Rock)
Tuesday, April 18 (leading school groups)
Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day Volunteer Event)
Sunday, April 23 (Portola Redwoods)
Saturday, April 29 (graduation)
Visiting Portola Redwoods
At Portola Redwoods State Park, silence and tranquility rule. The road leading to its 2,800 acres drops from a ridgetop into a deeply shaded redwood forest, offering a hushed getaway from the suburban bustle of nearby Silicon Valley and the South Bay. The visitor center, with its couches and fireplace, feels like a wilderness lodge. Eighteen miles of trails follow meandering creeks, where moisture-loving coast redwoods stand tall among ferns and huckleberries. Waterfalls on Fall and Pescadero creeks tumble down mossy banks over rocks and woody debris.
The park has a 55-site family campground, 4 group campsites, and a trail camp for backpackers. It also protects some of the most remote and scenic redwoods in the region, the Peter’s Creek Grove.
The park is open year round for hiking, picnicking, and other day uses. The campground is open April through October and the visitor center is open on weekends year round and on weekdays as staffing permits.
The park is a 1.5- to 2-hour drive from most Bay Area locations. See the link above for directions. Please come prepared: there’s no gasoline or food available at or near the park.
Come prepared for any type of weather. The park gets 40 to 60 inches of rain per year, and the summer months can be foggy and cool. Summer high temperatures are in the 70s to 80s, lows in the 50s. Winter highs are in the 40s to 50s, lows in the 30s.
• Pets are permitted only in campsites and picnic areas and on paved roads and the Upper and Lower Escape Roads.
• Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and attended at all times. At night they must be confined with their guardian inside a tent or vehicle. Except for service animals, dogs are not allowed in the visitor center or on hiking trails or dirt roads. Paved roads and Upper and Lower Escape Roads at the north end of the campground are the only dog-walking options in the park.
• Hiking trails are also closed to bicycles and horses.
• Firewood may be purchased at the park office or from the camp host. Please do not gather wood; the health of the forest depends on the nutrients provided by fallen wood.
• Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Do not operate generators between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Sounds should not be audible beyond your campsite at any time.
• No fishing is allowed.
• All natural and cultural features are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed.
• Use extreme care during the last few miles of the drive to the park; the road downhill is narrow and steep.
• Be sure to bring plenty of gas and other supplies. The nearest gas station is in Sky Londa (14 miles away at the intersection of highways 84 and 35) and the nearest groceries are in Sky Londa and La Honda (9 miles away on Highway 84).
• Keep the park “crumb clean.” Jays, ravens, and crows are attracted to food left behind by campers and picnickers. These birds eat the eggs and chicks of an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests along the coast, the marbled murrelet. Leave no food out: not even a crumb.
This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact human food has on park wildlife.
Available Activities and Facilities at Portola Redwoods State Park
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available