Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks

Things To Do

Nearby Attractions

Plan to visit as many national park sites as time allows on your vacation. What fun!

  • Crater Lake National Park, 3½ hours from Crescent City, CA, 140 miles
  • Oregon Caves National Monument, 1½ hours from Crescent City, CA, 60 miles
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 4¼ hours from Crescent City, CA, 215 miles
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, 5 hours from Crescent City, CA, 230 miles
  • Lava Beds National Monument, 6 hours from Crescent City, CA
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 8 hours from Crescent City, CA, 320 miles

Smith River National Recreation Area
10600 Hwy 199
PO Box 228
Gasquet, CA 95543
(707) 457-3131

Tolowa Dunes State Park
1375 Elk Valley Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-6101 ext. 5151
Tolowa Dunes Nature Store
Lake Earl Wildlife Area
2591 Old Mill Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-2523

Oregon State Parks
PO Box 500
Portland, OR 97207-0500
(800) 551-6949

California State Parks
California Department of Parks & Recreation
PO Box 942896
Sacramento, California 94296-0001
(916) 653-6995

Battery Point Lighthouse Museum
P.O. Box 535
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-3089

Del Norte County Historical Society
577 H Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-3922

Northcoast Marine Mammal Center
424 Howe Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 465-6265

Stone Lagoon
115336 Highway 101 North
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 488-2169

Trinidad Museum
P.O. Box 1126
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-3883

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
115336 Highway 101 North
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 488-2169

Patrick's Point State Park
4150 Patrick's Point Drive
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-3570

What lives in the redwood forest? Did you know that Redwood National and State Parks offers far more than just redwoods? Visit one of the five visitor centers to find out about ranger-led programs. Pick up an official map and look for these place names. Suggestions are given north to south.

  • Discover Howland Hill Road and Stout Grove: a 10-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods, along Mill Creek, with a ½-mile walk through a river bottom grove of tremendous trees. Motorhomes and trailers not advised.
  • Explore Enderts Beach and Crescent Beach Overlook: Stand before outstanding Pacific Ocean views from the overlook; you may even see a gray whale! Walk 1-mile to Enderts Beach, an access route to multi-colored, myriad tidepool creatures. Be sure to check low tide times. Trailers not advised
  • Drive to Klamath River Overlook, a prime spot for watching the gray whale migration. Look for other marine mammals and a host of seabirds any time of year. Hike ¼ mile down a steep trail to the lower overlook and more dramatic views.
  • Get off the beaten path and onto Coastal Drive! This 8-mile rough and tumble road winds past expansive Pacific Ocean views and descends into redwoods at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Look through binoculars at the massive off shore rocks to spy thousands of seabirds nesting. Motorhomes and trailers prohibited on gravel section.
  • Travel Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Not even the Avenue of the Giants can beat this! A 10-mile scenic drive through ancient redwoods. Stop and walk an 1/8 of a mile to Big Tree Wayside; you'll see why! Watch for Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairie.
  • Investigate Davison Road where Roosevelt elk hang out in the prairie. Trillium Falls Trail covers 2½ miles through ancestral forest and has one of the few falls in the parks. Follow Davison Road to the gray sands of Gold Bluffs Beach. See if you can find the remains of the mining era. Nothing compares to Fern Canyon with its 30-foot walls dripping wet and full of ferns. Survey the creek for slippery creatures. Trailers and vehicles longer than 24 feet prohibited.
  • Be sure to stop at Kuchel Visitor Center one mile south of Orick. The state-of-the-art exhibits are fabulous!

Backcountry

Seeing a park by automobile isn't for everybody. For those who crave quiet hours on the trail, a starlit sky at night, and sleeping to the sound of crashing waves, the parks have much to offer.

  • RNSP contains nearly 200 miles (320 km) of walking and hiking trails. 
  • These trails traverse a wide variety of natural habitats: old-growth redwood forests, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, prairies, streams, marshes, and unspoiled beaches.
  • Backpackers stay in designated campsites except along the Redwood Creek gravel bars.
  • You can camp along Redwood Creek's gravel bars beyond the first seasonal bridge and no closer than within 1/4 mile of Tall Trees Grove.
  • Enjoy the forest or ocean for 5 consecutive days; 15 in a calendar year.

Permits:

  • Be sure to obtain a permit for camping and firewood collecting along Redwood Creek.
  • Backpackers can collect up to 50 pounds of dead wood per day per campsite.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated fire pits.
  • Obtain your overnight backcountry permit at a park visitor center.
  • Proper food storage when camping in bear country is required by law - be bear aware!
  • Practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics
  • Pets, firearms, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on park trails
  • Overnight stay limited to five consecutive days, 15 days in a calendar year
  • Bearproof food storage canisters are available at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
  • Make sure to stop by a visitor center for tick and poison oak information.

Northern Section

Little Bald Hills Trail begins off Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. 4-½ mile (7-km) trail to the camp features a strenuous, gradually ascending 1,800-foot (600 m) climb through old-growth forest and open prairies fringed by fir and pine trees. Five sites are available with picnic tables, fire pits, bearproof lockers, toilets, and a potable water spigot. Horse and bike accessible, with a corral and horse troughs.

Nickel Creek: This camp is located alongside the Coastal Trail, access from south or north. From the north, Enderts Beach Road provides the easiest and quickest access with an easy ½-mile (1-km) trail to the site. Five sites are available with picnic tables, fire pits, bearproof lockers, and toilets. Located ¼-mile (½-km) from the ocean alongside a stream, this campsite features a lush coastal environment and the beauty of nearby Enderts Beach. Purify water from the stream before drinking.

Middle Section

DeMartin: Located along the Coastal Trail just south of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Accessible by a 3-mile (5-km) hike from the north or south, with trailheads located along Highway 101. The hike features a mixed conifer redwood forest. Ten sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. No nearby water is available, so bring your own. The camp offers ocean vistas from a high bluff.

Flint Ridge: Located just south of the Klamath River estuary along the Coastal Trail. Access from two trailheads along the Coastal Drive (exit just south of the Klamath River off Highway 101). From the west, hike a ½-mile (1-km), from the east hike 4-½ miles (7-km). This quiet section of the parks features outstanding wildlife viewing and one of the finest old-growth redwood stands. Ten sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. No nearby water is available, so bring your own.

Ossagon Creek: (Bikes okay) Located in the northern section of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this camp is along the Coastal Trail and is accessible by several trailheads. Many loops of differing lengths are possible. Inquire at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center. Three sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. Purify water from the nearby creek before drinking. $$ There is a charge for Ossagon Creek backcountry camp. Pay at Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Southern Section

Miners Ridge: Located in the southern part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this camp is on a bluff above Gold Bluffs Beach. Access the camp by a 4-½ mile (12-km) hike from the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center. Inquire at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center. Three sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. Purify water from the nearby creek before drinking. $$ There is a charge for Miners Ridge backcountry camp. Pay at Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Elam and 44 Camps: (Horse) Both located in the Redwood Creek area, these two camps feature four loop possibilities and access and facilities for both horses and hikers. Loops of 3 hours (seven miles, 11 km), 7 hours (14 miles, 21 km), 2-day (20 miles, 29 km) and 3-day (32 miles, 50 km) are your options from various trailheads, including the Orick Horse Trails and Redwood Creek Trail. Elam Camp is on the two shorter loops. Three sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, toilets, non-potable water, and a corral. No more than 12 stock animals are permitted. 44 Camp is on the two longer loops. 44-camp is open to backpackers only until further notice. No stock allowed. No water available. Four sites with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, toilets. Redwood Creek Gravel Bars Located along a stretch of Redwood Creek, the gravel bars offer the only area in the park where dispersed camping is permitted. Dispersed camping is permitted anywhere on the gravel bar between the first seasonal bridge and no closer than ¼-mile (½-km) of the Tall Trees Grove. Be sure to obtain a permit for camping and firewood collecting at a park visitor center.