Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Location:50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101.
Facilities:100 developed family campsites, environmental campsites, 3 hike/bike campgrounds, picnic areas, trails (75 miles), visitor center, exhibits, nature store (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, bicycling, backpacking, wildlife viewing, birding, interpretive programs, guided walks.
Special Features:One of California's most popular redwood parks, Prairie Creek features herds of Roosevelt elk and a network of trails, including accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations. Near the north end of Gold Bluffs Beach is Fern Canyon, a narrow canyon whose high, vertical walls are completely covered with ferns. Together, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park (see separate entries) are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.
Address:c/o North Coast Redwoods District Office
PO Box 2006
Eureka, CA 95502

Phone:707-464-6101
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=415
Size: 14,187 acres.

See other parks in California.
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A coast redwood in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park comes in for second-biggest honors at 313 feet tall, 867-inch circumference, and 101-foot crown spread, a total of 1,205 points.
NEAR CRESCENT CITY PRAIRIE CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK
Then Joe Hardcastle, chief ranger for the Eel River District, told me about Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. I called up the park officials there and learned that Big Tree's circumference of 21.6 feet is inflated by a large butt swell.
Gold Bluffs Beach, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
The sites at Elk Prairie in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park aren't as spacious as the ones at Jedediah Smith campground in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, but then again the mosquitoes aren't as thick - if you camp at Smith, bring plenty of repellent.
101, the Fern Canyon Trail at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, about 56 miles north of Eureka, is also just a chance to enjoy tremendous walls of lush ferns hidden in a redwood forest.