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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Highway 101, California's North Coast

California State Parks
Management Unit:
North Coast Redwoods District

Orick, CA 95555
(707) 464-6101 ext. 5101

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Tent Camping
  • Site Fee
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
  • Water
  • Deer Viewing Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
Set aside in the early 1920's by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a 14,000 acre sanctuary of old-growth coast redwood. Designated as a World Heritage Site & Man in the Biosphere Preserve, the park has over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves.

There are over 70 miles of hiking trails through verdant forests and along wild and scenic beaches. As the park is a preserve of uncut forest, all trails lead you by the world's tallest trees. Nowhere can you better appreciate the splendor of an ancient redwood forest. Take time to walk some of the many and varied trails. There are all-day hikes and short leisurely strolls. The terrain is relatively mild with only 800' of elevation gain throughout the park. Prairie Creek offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, fishing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store.

The park has two developed campgrounds. The Elk Prairie has 75 campsites that can accommodate up to 24' trailers and 27' motor homes. Elk Prairie campground is located 6 miles north of Orick on the N.B. Drury Scenic Parkway. The Gold Bluffs Beach campground has 25 campsites and is reached by way of Davison Road, off HWY. 101, 3 miles north of Orick (vehicle size restriction apply). Both campgrounds offer fire rings, tables and bear proof food lockers with water nearby. There are restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Both campgrounds are open all year. The Gold Bluff Beach camp is available on a first-come-first-served basis. The Elk Prairie camp can be reserved during the summer by calling (800) 444-7275.

The park also has two backcountry camps and an environmental camp. Backcountry campers are reminded they must register and park at the visitor center and must camp in the designated campsites at Butler Creek camp and Miner's Ridge camp. Both camps are open all year and registration and fee payment is required.

Watch for native Roosevelt elk in the prairie along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and on spectacular Gold Bluffs Beach. Gray whale, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, mink, otter, fox coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, and bear might also be spotted. And of course the infamous banana slug, an important and welcome resident of the forest, is readily viewable.

Over 260 species of birds have been sighted within the park boundaries. The combination of open prairie, forest, streamside woodlands, coastal headlands, beach and ocean provides a wide variety of habitats. Some species of special note include the spotted owl and marbled murrelet, both believed to be dependent on old-growth forest.

How to Get There:
50 miles north of Eureka, CA & 45 miles south of Crescent City. Take Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway turnoff of HWY. 101


Facilities: 70+ miles of hiking trails, beach access, water access, visitor center with exhibits, nature store, RV dump station. Reservations/permits: Recommend reservations for car camps Memorial Day-Labor Day. Call (800) 444- 7275. Reservations not necessary rest of year. Backpack & environmental campsites are first-come first served. Basic visit recommendations: Plan to hike trails. Don't miss Fern Canyon. Roosevelt elk frequent meadows and beach. Campgrounds are in quiet settings gre
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