Day use hours: 6am-Sunset (In severe weather the park might be closed.)
Visitor Center: Monday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park
COVID-19 Guidelines (June 21, 2021)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Here is the guidance on face coverings for this park unit:
- Regardless of vaccination status, you are required to wear a face covering in public indoor settings.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Please check the Trails and Hiking page for details on trail closures and current conditions.
Due to severe drought conditions, there will be no showers provided at Portola RSP starting August 6, 2021 until further notice. We will be evaluating other facilities (including restrooms) that may need to be closed. The campgrounds will be closed starting August 16, 2021. If you wish to cancel your reservation for a date between August 6 through 15, contact Reserve California (1-800-444-7275) for a complete refund. Reservations for August 16 and on will be automatically canceled. No new reservations can be made at this time. Day use will remain open during the campground closure. Please bring your own drinking water. We appreciate your cooperation and conservation.
Crumb Clean Campaign
This park is Crumb Clean! Watch this short video to learn about the marbled murrelet, an endangered bird that nests in the park, and how you can protect it. Vea el video en español aquí.
Visiting Portola Redwoods
The road leading to the park's 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 Area. 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.
Basic Park Information
FEES - There is a $10 vehicle day-use fee. [Regular Sized Auto: $10 (Senior $9, age 62 or older); Bus Parking (10-24 passengers): $50; Bus Parking (25+ passengers): $100]. For camping reservations and fees, please visit www.reservecalifornia.com
NO CELL RECEPTION within the park and the surrounding area. Due to this, ridesharing services are not recommended.
DOGS 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.
FIREWOOD is available for purchase 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.
HORSES are not allowed on any hiking trails. Old Haul service road is open to equestrians and cyclists - it winds through redwoods, out of the park to Memorial County Park.
BICYCLING is not allowed on any hiking trails. Old Haul Service Road heads through Portola’s redwoods through Pescadero Creek County Park to San Mateo County Memorial Park. One of the most scenic beginner rides in the Bay Area, it’s a 10-mile round trip, accessed via the service road near the Iverson Cabin site. Paved roads excepted, this is the only route at Portola Redwoods State Park that allows bicycles. Helmets are required for riders under 18 years of age and recommended for adults.
DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.
BRING PLENTY OF GAS & 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).
WEDDINGS, PARTIES, AND SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS please call (831) 335-6324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRUMB CLEAN - Jays, ravens, and crows are attracted to food left behind by campers and picnickers. These birds eat the eggs and chicks of the marbled murrelet, an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests along the coast. Leave no food out--not even a crumb.
Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact human food has on park wildlife.