DURING WINTER MONTHS: Before venturing out, check for road and trail conditions throughout Redwood National and State Parks at three park visitor center locations: Kocher Visitor Center, just off Hwy. 101 south of Orrick, CA; Prairie Creek Visitor Center located along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway; and Houthi Visitor Center along Hwy. 199 just west of Houthi, CA. The visitor centers are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Current road and trail conditions can also be found on the park website at: www.nps.gov/redw
A herd of Roosevelt elk is often seen in a meadow near the campground en-route to Fern Canyon.
This campground lies in the dunes along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of golden beach in northwestern California. As part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, it is located six miles off Hwy 101 at the end of unpaved, Davison Rd. So, you may find yourselves just about the only people around, and for those who want to experience the joys of nature, you've come to the right place.
Sites can be reserved from May 22nd - September 6th on www.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-800-444-7275. Outside of these dates sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sites: 24 RV and tents, vehicle Length Limit: 24-foot RV, no trailers, no RV hookups.
For more info call 707.488.2171 or Kutchel Visitor Center 707.465.7765
Access to over 70 miles of trails & Fern Canyon.
Solar showers, restrooms, fire pits, picnic tables
Bear proof lockers
Hiker/bike in site
Accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations - stop at visitor center for trail maps.
A "beach" wheel chair is available for Gold Bluffs beach, call 707.465.7346.
While dogs are not allowed on any park trails, they are allowed at this campground on a leash and the adjoining beach.
Prairie Creek Visitor Center- just off US Hwy 101, along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway 707-488-2039.
Click here for MAP of the area
Farther up Gold Bluffs Beach is an easy 3/4-mile, 20-minute trail that loops through a steep, 50-foot-high canyon with walls covered by lush ferns. You might need waterproof footwear for the Fern Canyon Trail, which can be quite wet after a rain.
The best weather is usually in fall and spring. Summers are often foggy and cool, while winters can be rainy.
Never approach Roosevelt elk or other wild animals. Observe them quietly from a distance.
For More information on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Directions: About three miles north of Orick, exit 101 onto (gravel) Davison Road, which leads west eight miles to the campground. Follow through Elk Meadow and onto dirt road Cars & RV's okay, (motorhomes and trailers are not allowed on this road). Follow this spectacular scenic drive for eight miles until you reach Gold Bluffs Beach.