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Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15

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 & International Biosphere Preserve, The park has over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves. Prairie Creek offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, fishing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store.

There are over 75 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 through the world's tallest trees. Nowhere can you better appreciate the splendor of a 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 FT elevation gain through out the park.

Watch for native Roosevelt elk in the prairie along the N.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, stream side woodlands, coastal headlands, beach and ocean provides a wide variety of habitats. Some species special note include the spotted owl and marbled murrelet, both believed to dependent on old growth forest.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Park Kiosk Hours:

  • Hi Season: 8am - 10pm
  • Lo Season: Varies

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Site
  • Fire Rings
  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Accessible
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Visitors Center
Alerts and Important Information
Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

Individual campsites-

  • Maximum allowable stay is thirty (30) nights per calendar year per park, with no more than fifteen (15) of these nights permitted during the summer season (May 1 through September 30).
Group and Environmental campsites-
  • Maximum allowable stay is fourteen (14) nights per calendar year per park, with no more than seven (7) nights of consecutive use per visit. After maximum allowable consecutive use has been reached no person or equipment may re-enter the same park to use any camping facilities until the expiration of at least two nights (48 hours).

  • Family sites accommodate a maximum of up to 8 people; and if the site permits, 2 licensed vehicles.
  • 2014 Reservation Season

    • Sites 1-7 and 49-75: Reservations are available May 23 – August 31, 2014; 1st1st when not on reservations.
    • Sites 8-48: Reservations are available May 23 – August 31, 2014; closed when not on reservations.

  • Prarie Creek is site specific for reservations. You will select site at the time your reservation is made. You will select site at the time your reservation is made.
  • Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
  • Hike and Bike campsites available year round on a 1st come -1st served basis.
  • Bears are common. Keep food locked up. Use bear boxes!
  • Getting There:

    Take the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway exit off of Highway 101.
    the visitor center & Elk Prairie Campground are located at the southern end of the Parkway.
    Gold Bluffs Beach Campground and Fern Canyon are accessed by Davison Road, which is located 3 miles north of Orick off of Highway 101, 50 miles from Eureka and Crescent City.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    ORICK CA 95555

    Phone Number:

    Information: (707)464-6101