Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Established in 1923 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to the second largest remaining stand of contiguous old growth coast redwood forest left on our precious planet Earth.  With over 70 miles of diverse trails, (Official Praire Creek Redwoods State Park Map and Brochure) you have an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourselves in exploring a rare, world renowned ecosystem here.  From grazing Roosevelt Elk to spawning Chinook & Coho Salmon, Prairie Creek’s unique forests, prairies, streams & oceans are home to a truly magnificent wildlife population (Redwood National and State Parks Wildlife). Whether you seek a fifteen-minute stroll or a twelve mile journey, there is a path for everyone here.

Our ADA accessible trails include a ¼ mile interpretive walk on the Revelations Trail, a 2.3 mile loop of Prairie Creek & Foothill Trails and a 2 mile loop of Elk Prairie & the Redwood Access Trails.  These trails happen to be some of our most popular short walks, regardless of ability, as they go through remarkable old growth forest & begin right outside the visitor center.

Although dogs are not allowed on any of our trails, they are most welcome on a leash on roads, along the wave slope at the ocean & in our campgrounds.  Cal Barrel Rd is a favorite 4 mile walk for people who enjoy sharing an old growth hike with their pets (on leashes, of course).  If you happen to visit Cal Barrel Rd in winter it is often closed to vehicles, making it an even more enjoyable experience.

Youth are most welcome in our parks.  The Prairie Creek to Foothill (or Cathedral Trees) loop allows families with kids to earn a free old-school patch with a Roosevelt Elk on it by completing a unique educational scavenger hunt through a program called Redwood EdVentures (Edventures).  Simply follow the interpretive clues on the brochure to find the answer, share it with the visitor center staff & everyone has earned a patch.  If you’d like another scavenger hunt, make your way South to the Elk Meadow Area off of Davison Rd & complete the Trillium Falls trail to earn an owl patch.  Of course, we are happy to discuss the learnings of Redwood National and State Parks Junior Rangers & complete the Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony here as well. To learn more about Jr. Rangers:

Jr. Rangers Programs

Please make sure to come through the Prairie Creek State Park Visitor Center & connect with our knowledgeable staff & volunteers.  We would love to help you find the perfect trail & plan the rest of your visit to RNSP as well as exploring other wild gems of Del Norte & Humboldt Counties.

The Prairie Creek Visitor Center is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, in the old Civilian Conservation Corp dormitory.  Come in and learn about the history of this Old Growth Redwood park, the animals and plants found here, and the many miles of trails to explore.

The visitor center has a wide array of books covering everything from local trails, flora and fauna, and local history. 

There are many historic memorial groves within Prairie Creek, and now thanks to our good friends Save the Redwoods League, you can download a map showing grove locations.  Follow the links below.

Also, there is a nice video of the Brown Creek Trail.


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