Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park RV & Campground Guide
From the moment you step into the forest at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, you'll feel like you've been transported to a different planet. Ancient trees soar high overhead, blocking the sky from view, and the sunlight that filters through the canopy infuses the lush greenery with a mysterious glow. This is the home of the redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. If you're looking to escape civilization for a while, this is a great option. The closest sizable towns are Eureka, which is 48 miles away, and tiny Crescent City, which is 27 miles to the north. Dress in layers for comfort because the weather is cool year-round, and prepare to be wowed.
Spring 37-62 F
Summer 45-68 F
Fall 38-69 F
Winter 36-52 F
Crescent City, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
No matter when you're visiting Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, an RV makes a warm, dry place to relax. After a day of hiking through the misty forest, you can curl up and enjoy the view of the spectacular northern California landscape. If you don't have an RV, that's no problem: An RV rental is a convenient, no-commitment way to try out the perfect motorhome.
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground
If you're hoping to hang out on the beach during your stay at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, head straight for Gold Bluffs Beach Campground inside the park. Here, the sound of crashing waves lulls you to sleep, and the morning mist turns your morning walk into an exciting adventure. You might even see an elk wander through your site. This campground doesn't have hookups, but you'll find showers, bathrooms, picnic tables and fire pits. The 26 sites can accommodate RVs up to 24 feet long. Rates at Gold Bluff start at $35 per night.
Elk Prairie Campground
The other campground inside the park, Elk Prairie Campground is the perfect spot for campers who want to be surrounded by the forest. Here, 75 sites nestle under the redwoods themselves, giving you plenty of shade and a peaceful atmosphere. This is also a great option for RVs that are a bit longer as the sites can hold models up to 27 feet long. There are no hookups, but the campground offers accessible bathrooms, hot showers, grills, fire pits and picnic tables. Rates at Elk Prairie start at $35 per night.
Mystic Forest RV Park
If you're searching for a site with full hookups, check out Mystic Forest RV Park. Located about 20 minutes north of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this family-owned park offers 30 sites, each with full hookups. Coming in a big rig? Be sure to book one of the 16 pull-through sites. Each site offers gorgeous forest views and cable TV, so it's a comfortable spot to relax after a day of fun. Within a short walk of your RV, you can enjoy the clubhouse, grab a snack in the store, check out the rec room or hop on one of the local trails. The laundry room and hot showers make it easy for everyone in the family to get cleaned up.
Elk Country RV Resort and Campground
South of the park, watch elk feed at the Elk Country RV Resort and Campground. Sprawling over 200 acres, this campground offers its own hiking trails, a lake and a creek, so bring the whole family for a fun wilderness adventure. Choose a site in the forest or the meadow and select either back-in or pull-through options. All sites offer full hookups, and most offer water fill-ups as well. RV sites start at $45 per night.
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What to Do at
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Inside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
The first thing to do when you arrive at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is to check out the redwoods on the 75-mile trail network; the Big Tree Loop and Prairie Creek Trail are great options. Keep an eye out for elk as you hike the spectacular Elk Prairie Trail, or for a change of pace, head down to Gold Bluffs Beach for a stroll along the beach.
The only place in the park that sees consistent crowd levels is the otherworldly Fern Canyon Trail. Get there early, and you can enjoy the remarkable green walls in silence. Feel like a true adventurer as you hike through the soaring fern-covered walls of Fern Canyon.
Outside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located in a remote corner of northern California. Most services require a bit of a drive, so it's a great idea to stock up before you arrive. It's also important to note that many shops and restaurants close down in the winter.
Log Cabin Diner
Just a few miles north of the park, this low-key diner is the perfect spot for a casual family meal. Bring your appetite because the food is hearty and the portions are generous.
Location: 301 CA-169, Klamath, CA 95548
With its meat-focused menu, the restaurant at the Steelhead Lodge is a great place to fill up after a strenuous day in the redwoods. Check out the wood-fired barbecue and enjoy a cocktail in the rustic lounge.
Location: 330 Terwer Riffle Rd, Klamath, CA 95548
Located inside the Redwood Hotel and Casino, this eatery offers a full bar and an elegant environment.
Location: 171 Klamath Blvd, Klamath, CA 95548
Dine with a view of the Klamath River in the restaurant at the Historic Requa Inn. Try the home-cooked breakfasts and steak-and-seafood dinners. Keep in mind that the restaurant is not open for dinner from November through March.
Type: Surf and Turf
Location: 451 Requa Rd, Klamath, CA 95548
Located on the highway about 15 minutes south of the park, this family favorite is a must-visit during the summer months. Grab your food to go and enjoy it at an outdoor picnic table.
Type: Fast Food
Location: 12079 Redwood Hwy, Orick, CA 95555
Shoreline Deli & Market
Pick up last-minute essentials at this tiny shop, which sits about 15 minutes from the park entrance.
Location: 120025 U.S. 101, Orick, CA 95555
Specializing in handmade furniture, this shop offers one-of-a-kind pieces that highlight the natural shape and imperfection of the wood.
Location: 120230 U.S. 101, Orick, CA 95555
Pack a picnic and head to this overlook, which is just a few miles north of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Enjoy the views of the river as it meets the Pacific Ocean, hike down to the cliffs and keep an eye out for migrating whales in the ocean.
Drive right through one of the ancient redwoods at this unusual site. It's been a popular attraction since the 1970s when the original hole was carved in the wood. You'll need to wait in line during the summer months, but the unique experience is worth the time.
Hike down this short trail and spend hours exploring the tide pools and watching the waves roll in. Bring your camera because the driftwood and sea stacks make for spectacular photo backdrops. If you're feeling active, hop on the Coastal Trail for unparalleled views and light crowd levels.
Learn all about the redwoods at this family-friendly spot; it's a great place to ask rangers for hiking recommendations or pick up Junior Ranger activity books for your kids. In the summer, you can attend a patio talk with a local expert.
Head 15 minutes south to Orick and see the redwoods on horseback. Book a tour through a local operator, and you'll ride under towering trees and through lovely alder groves.
How to Get to
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located just off Highway 101. No matter where you're coming from, you'll need to get to this route.
Entering Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is managed by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Most of the park is free to enter with the exception of the Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon area.
Per vehicle to enter the beach or Fern Canyon : $8
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