Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

UPDATE (Sept. 23, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park:

What is open now?

  • Parking is now available.
  • Camping is now available at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park. Group campsites will remain closed. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Walk-ins will NOT be allowed.  

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

Statewide:

  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 777-3683

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Campground during the summer only. Day use area open 8 am to sunset.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Except for service animals, dogs not allowed on trails.

Driving Directions to Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP

The park is 20 miles southeast of Eureka on HWY 101, then 17 miles east of HWY 36.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

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Fifteen miles east of Highway 101, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is off the beaten tourist track. It's small—less than one square mile, with only five miles of trails. those who come earn big rewards: a sublime redwood forest full of big trees and few people.

Families prize Grizzly Creek's rustic amenities. In summer, kids can ride their bikes around a paved campground loop with only 28 sites, some bordering the Van Duzen River. Visitors can have close and safe encounters with park wildlife, including bears, mountain lions, moles, and steelhead trout, via a taxidermy and skeleton display at the visitor center. On weekends, campers can gather for campfire programs, one of the few old-fashioned park experiences left.

The park was established in 1943. Its finest old-growth redwood grove, four miles down the road from the visitor center, was added in 1984. The grove was named for Owen R. Cheatham, former chairman of the board of Georgia Pacific Lumber, which spared and donated the trees.  

Cheatham Grove provided a backdrop for the scooter chase scene in Return of the Jedi. Star Wars fans still make pilgrimages to this grove.

Weather During the summer months, temperatures are usually in the 70s and 80s. It's cool, wet, and 40 to 50 in winter, making this the perfect place to fish for steelhead and salmon. With up to 65 inches each year, rain prevails from November to May.

Rules

  • Do not feed wildlife. Store all food and scented items in bear-resistant lockers.
  • Fires are permitted only in the stoves or fire rings provided by the park.
  • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet long and must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed on trails.

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