Prairie Creek Redwoods Sp CampgroundSeason for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15
Set aside in the early 1920A?s by the forethought of the people ofCalifornia and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League. PrairieCreek is a 14,000 acre sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. Designatedas a World Heritage Site & International Biosphere Preserve. The parkhas over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves. Prairie Creekoffers 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 andalong wild and scenic beaches. As the park is a preserve of uncut forest,all trails lead you through the worldA?s tallest trees. Nowhere can youbetter appreciate the splendor of a ancient redwood forest. Take time towalk some many and varied trails. There are all-day hikes and shortleisurely strolls. The terrain is relatively mild with only 800A? ofelevation gain through out the park.
Watch for native Roosevelt elk in the prairie along the N.B. Drury ScenicParkway and on spectacular Gold Bluffs Beach. Gray whale, rabbit,squirrel, raccoon, mink, otter, fox coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, andbear might also be spotted. And of course the infamous banana slug, animportant 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, coastalheadlands, beach and ocean provides a wide variety of habitats. Somespecies special note include the spotted owl and marbled murrelet, bothbelieved to dependent on old growth forest.
Park Kiosk Hours:
- Hi Season: 8am - 10pm
- Lo Season: Varies
127011 NEWTON B. DRURY PARKWAY
Orick CA 95555
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.
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