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Redwoods

 

Park Overview

The Amazing Diversity

An amazing diversity of life exists at Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the planet's most majestic forests. Here, banana slugs, gray whales, Douglas-fir, black bears, and sea anemones are equally at home with redwoods.

Park staff work to maintain and restore the area's biological diversity through a wide range of resource management and educational activities. Preserving both natural processes and the region's species and genetic diversity helps ensure that countless generations can experience the beauty and complexity of an old-growth redwood forest.

This is your personal classroom whose wonders wait to be explored.

Preserve and Protect

When western expansion met the redwoods in the 1800s, the trees began to fall under saw and axe. The massive redwoods offered early settlers a seemingly inexhaustible lumber supply. However, within a hundred year span the vast forests were reduced to a fraction of their former range. By the early 1900s, it was apparent that the future of the old-growth redwood forest was in doubt.

Thanks to the visionary actions of the Save-the-Redwoods League , the redwoods received the protection they needed. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park were created by the State of California in the 1920s to protect some of the finest remaining examples of coast redwoods.

Working Together

Congress protected lands adjacent to the three California state parks in 1968 with the creation of Redwood National Park. In 1994, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service agreed to jointly manage the four-park area for maximum resource protection.

Today, visitors to RNSP will find not only old-growth redwood groves but open prairie lands, two major rivers, and 37 miles (60 km) of pristine California coastline. RNSP is also a testing ground for large scale forest and stream restoration of severely impacted lands.

American Indian tribes have made their home within the North Coast * region for thousands of years and still maintain their cultural presence today in areas surrounding RNSP. The parks' managers work in consultation with the tribes to ensure that their cultural practices can continue.

We invite you to visit the rich community of life at RNSP. Together, these parks are recognized as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve . The designations reflect worldwide awareness of RNSP's resources as irreplaceable. They must be safeguarded.

*Redwood National and State Parks reside in the North Coast of California and Oregon. The North Coast is a loosely defined region from about Ukiah, CA inland and Fort Bragg, CA on the coast, extending to Josephine County in Oregon. When travelling on Highway 101 south to north, you'll notice a distinct change in vegetation from California oak woodlands to the Douglas-fir/coast redwood forests and a very moist climate.

 

Campgrounds

Unparalleled Opportunities

Four developed campgrounds—three in the redwood forest and one on the coast—provide unparalleled camping opportunities for families and groups traveling with vehicles (including RVs— utility hookups not available, however ). Sites may also be available for hikers and bicyclists (see campground-specific info. below).

NOTE: While sites at all campgrounds may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations are accepted and strongly recommended for camping at the Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie campgrounds between May 1 and September 30. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance online at ReserveAmerica or by calling 1-800-444-7275.

Reservations are not accepted for Gold Bluffs Beach Campground—all sites are available a first-come, first-served basis, only .

All campgrounds are operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation . Discounts are not available for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders. Click here for more information about California State Park passes.

Jedediah Smith - Mill Creek - Elk Prairie - Gold Bluffs Beach

Jedediah Smith Campground

Situated in a magnificent old-growth redwood grove on the banks of the wild and scenic Smith River, this campground offers hiking trails, swimming, fishing, and seasonal campfire programs.

  • Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 10 miles east of Crescent City, Calif. on Hwy 199.
  • Open: All year.
  • Sites: 86 tent or RV (no hook-ups); hiker/biker sites available.
  • Facilities: Hot showers, ADA accessible restrooms, dump station, picnic tables, fire pits and barbeques, food lockers and trash receptacles, visitor center, campfire center.
  • Vehicle Length Limit: 36-foot RV or 31-foot trailer.
  • Fees: $35 per night, $5 per hiker/biker; $8 day-use only.
  • Reservations: ReserveAmerica or call 1-800-444-7275.

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Mill Creek Campground

Sleep beneath towering maples, alders, and young coast redwoods, with access to Mill Creek, miles of varied hiking trails,, and seasonal campfire programs.

  • Location: Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, 7 miles south of Crescent City, Calif. on Hwy 101.
  • Open: May 1 through September 7.
  • Sites: 145 tent or RV (no hook-ups); hiker/biker sites available.
  • Facilities: Hot showers, ADA accessible restrooms, dump station, picnic tables, firepits and barbeques, food lockers and trash receptacles, campfire center.
  • Vehicle Length Limit: 31-foot RV or 27-foot trailer.
  • Fees: $35 per vehicle and $5 per hiker/biker.
  • Reservations: January–September, ReserveAmerica or call 1-800-444-7275.

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Elk Prairie Campground

Enjoy ancient coast redwoods, grazing Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer in Elk Prairie, easy access to over 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, and seasonal campfire programs.

  • Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 6 miles north of Orick, Calif. on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.
  • Open: Year-round.
  • Sites: 75 tent or RV (no hook-ups); hiker/biker sites available.
  • Facilities: Hot showers, ADA accessible restrooms, picnic tables, firepits and barbeques, food lockers and trash receptacles, visitor center, campfire center.
  • Vehicle Length Limit: 27-foot RV or 24-foot trailer.
  • Fees: $35 per vehicle, $5 per hiker/biker, $8 for day-use only.
  • Reservations: January–September, ReserveAmerica or call 1-800-444-7275.

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Gold Bluffs Beach Campground

Experience the wild Pacific coastline and grazing Roosevelt elk in this campground, with easy access to a secluded stretch of beach, Fern Canyon, and 70 miles of hiking and biking trails.

  • Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 10 miles north of Orick, Calif. on Davison Road (unpaved).
  • Open: Year-round.
  • Sites: 26 tent or RV (no hook-ups); 3 environmental sites.
  • Facilities: Solar showers, restrooms, wind shelters, picnic tables, firepits and barbeques.
  • Vehicle Length Limit: 24-foot RV, no trailers.
  • Fees: $35 per vehicle, $20 for environmental sites, $8 for day-use only.
  • Reservations: None. Sites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Directions

Redwood National and State Parks is located in northernmost coastal California—about 325 miles north of San Francisco, Calif. Roughly 50 miles long, the parklands stretch from near the Oregon border in the north to the Redwood Creek watershed southeast of Orick, Calif. Five information centers are located along this north-south corrdior. Park Headquarters is located in Crescent City, Calif. (95531) at 1111 Second Street.

By Air
Regularly scheduled commercial flights are available to and from airports in the the following nearby communties:

Crescent City, Calif. ( map )
Airport: Del Norte County Airport/Jack McNamara Field (CEC)
Carrier Info.: United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines
Nearest Information Center: Crescent City Information Center , ~4 miles from airport.

Medford, Ore. ( map )
Airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)
Carrier Info.: Horizon Air , Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines, Allegiant Air , and United Airlines and United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines.
Nearest Information Center: Hiouchi Information Center , ~100 miles from airport.

McKinleyville, Calif. ( map )
Airport: Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV)
Carrier Info.: Horizon Air , United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines.
Nearest Information Center: Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center , ~25 miles from airport.

By Automobile
Redwood National and State Parks is generally oriented along the north-south U.S. 101 highway corridor between Crescent City and Orick, Calif (~40 miles). Numerous other roads and highways (including scenic drives ) provide access to areas throughout the parks. Please note that there are no formal entrance stations along the access routes listed below—it is entirely possible to drive completely through the parks without realizing you have bene in or close to some of the world's most magnificant forests and tallest trees!

From the Oregon Coast
Park headquarters and the Crescent City Information Center are located 26 miles south of Brookings, Ore., on U.S. 101. To directly access Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (including the Jedediah Smith Campground , Jediediah Smith Visitor Center , and Hiouchi Information Center ), travel 16 miles south of Brookings, Ore. on U.S. 101 then exit North Bank Road/Calif. 197 and continue southeast ~7 miles to the junction with U.S. 199 in the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

From the Oregon Interior (Grants Pass, Ore./I-5 corridor)
From Grants Pass, Ore., exit U.S. 199/Redwood Highway and travel ~70 miles southwest to the northeast boundary of the parks near Hiouchi, Calif.; continue west an additional 5 miles on U.S. 199, then south ~4.5 miles on U.S. 101 to Crescent City, Calif. (home to park headquarters and the Crescent City Information Center ).

From the California Coast
The Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center near the parks' southern boundary is located ~40 miles north of Eureka, Calif. (or 312 miles north of San Francisco, Calif.) on U.S. 101. Continue north on U.S. 101 to access all other park destinations.

From the California Interior (Redding, Calif./I-5 corrdior)
From I-5 in Redding, Calif., exit Eureka Way/Calif. 299 and continue west ~140 miles to U.S. 101 near Arcata, Calif.; continue north on U.S. 101 ~30 miles to the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center near the parks' southern boundary. Continue north on U.S. 101 to access all other park destinations.

Public Transportation (local)
Redwood Coast Transit (RCT) offers service between and among the communities of Smith River, Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Orick, and Arcata, Calif. For information about routes and fares, or for other inquiries, call RCT at (707) 464-6400 or visit them online at www.redwoodcoasttransit.org .

Plan to visit the Circle of Parks in the Klamath region of southern Oregon and northern California. See map below.

  • Crater Lake National Park, 3½ hours from Crescent City, CA, 140 miles; 217 miles from Orick, CA
  • Oregon Caves National Monument, 1½ hours from Crescent City, CA, 60 miles; 114 miles from Orick, CA
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 4¼ hours from Crescent City, CA, 215 miles; 160 miles from Orick, CA
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, 5 hours from Crescent City, CA, 230 miles; 231 miles from Orick, CA
  • Lava Beds National Monument, 6 hours from Crescent City, CA; 262 miles from Orick, CA

 

 

 

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