Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


The Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located about 25 miles south of Crescent City and offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. The park is managed by the National Park Service and California Department of Recreation and Parks, ensuring that the area remains safe, clean and well-maintained year-round. Located on the grounds is a visitor center and the Elk Prairie Campground, both near the south end. Visitors can also camp at the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, near the Fern Canyon area, just three miles north of the city of Orick. There are three hiking and biking campgrounds on site. Campers and hikers should come prepared for weather changes because temperatures can swing from 40 to 75 degrees in a 24-hour period. Wildlife in the park includes black bear, deer, elk, coyote, fox, mountain lions, bobcats, squirrels and chipmunks. These creatures live mainly in the old redwood areas of the park, but some wander toward the 10 miles of beach area. Whale and bird-watching areas are located throughout the park. Adventure seekers can enjoy the 75 miles worth of hiking and biking trails, the self-guided natural walk and the seasonal guided walks. There is a nature store on the premises.

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