Explore the Prairie Creek Redwoods

Prairie Creek Redwoods Visitor Center

This beautiful and scenic drive passes through old redwood groves with easy access to camping and hiking.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located in Orick, CA about 50 miles North of Eureka, Ca and 25 miles South of Crescent City, CA. Take the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway exit off of Highway 101. Along this road there is a prairie where wild Roosevelt Elk can be spotted. They are wild so keep your distance. About 1 mile up the road there is the Prairie Creek Campground on the left hand side.

In the same area are Prairie Creek Trail and Elk Prairie Trail, which are each a 4.3 and 1.3 mile trails respectively. About 1/2 mile North of the campground is Big Tree Trail, which is only 0.3 miles, but here you can view one of the tallest trees in the world.

Before you hit the Big Tree Trail, look out for Cal Barrel Road, which is one of the most beautiful, scenic dirt road drives you will ever take. The Redwoods in this area are majestic. Be sure to check the Park Service to see if the road is open as it is closed during the Winter and after inclement weather. While you are near the entrance to Cal Barrel road, park alongside the road and do the Cathedral Trees Trail, its a 1.4 mile moderate hike but you won't regret it. The views are incredible. Bring your camera, it's ferns galore in this area. Be prepared for wildlife encounters and know what to do if you do. Check the National Park Service for tips on this.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Good Driving Music
  • Water
  • Trail Snacks
  • Smell Proof Food Storage Container
  • Bug Spray
  • Hiking Apparel
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Not my favorite section of redwoods but it's definitely more secluded than others. If you're lucky you'll see some elk in the area too.

Check out the Brown Creek Trail on the east side of the park. It's a hidden gem.

I helped build the frienship ridge trail shortly before the area gained an upgrade to designated state wilderness.


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