Contact Number

  • (707) 488-2039

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Open year-round
    Day use hours: Sunrise - Sunset

    Elk Prairie Campground Entrance

Park Activities

Except for service animals, dogs not allowed on trails.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Gold Bluffs Beach & Davison Rd:
No Trailers
Max motorhome: 24'

Elk Prairie campground:
Max trailer: 24'
Max Motorhome: 27'
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
Alternative Camping
RV Access
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Park Directions

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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.

Welcome to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

To keep up to date on events happening in north coast parks, visit the North Coast Redwoods Facebook and Instagram pages and the Redwood National and State Parks Facebook and Instagram pages.

Current Notices

Permits are required to visit Gold Bluffs Beach Day-Use Area, including the Fern Canyon Trailhead, from May 15th to September 15th. Learn more and apply for a permit.

  • Dogs are prohibited in Fern Canyon and on all trails within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Dogs are allowed on the beach, in campgrounds, in parking lots, and on roads within the park, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • The Newton B Drury Parkway is closed to vehicles on the first Saturday of each month from October to May for Hike and Bike Day. The parkway closes on the evening before the event and reopens Sunday morning.
  • Elk Prairie and Gold Bluffs Beach are both dry campgrounds: meaning no electricity, water, or sewage connections for RVs.
  • No seasonal footbridges available over the creek in Fern Canyon.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah-Smith Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks are the only parks in the California State Parks system that accept the Federal Access Pass discount.

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.  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 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. 

Weather: 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.


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School Resources

Kids Resources


Park Adventures

Redwood Information


District Contact Information
District Office: (707) 832-1484
District Fax: (707) 441-5737
3431 Fort Ave.
Eureka, CA 95503

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