Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
Narrated by Russ Christoff
Traveling south on Highway 101, on our way to our next park Patrick’s Point, we decided to check out the camping at the Elk Prairie Campground at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Here, visitors will find 100 developed campsites, 20 miles of mountain bike trails and 70 miles of hiking trails, in the redwoods and out to the coast.
Camping here is fairly diverse.
Some areas are sheltered in dense redwoods and ferns by the creek, and some sites are out in the prairie.
The visitor center has one of the only exhibits in the world or a weird species of bird, the marbled murrelet.
Discovered in 1978, this elusive bird lives out in the ocean, but returns to nest high in the redwoods.
Many visitors come for the camping and hiking, but I fell in love with the Elk.
Herds of protected Roosevelt Elk roam the prairie within the park and are visible many days from the highway near the visitor center.
These handsome beasts can be shy and although their main activity is grazing, sometimes the more curious will come up to the fence to get acquainted.
Prairie Creek Redwoods is a big park.
If you plan to visit the park specifically to see the Roosevelt Elk, check with the ranger to find out where they are grazing that day.