Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is CLOSED due to hazardous road conditions.
Inclement weather often creates unsafe road conditions. Currently, there is a "glaze" of transparent ice on sections of the road. The Parkway will reopen as soon as State law enforcement officers deem it safe to travel upon.
Most campgrounds remain OPEN. Sites are available on first-come, first-served basis.
Jed Smith, Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach campgrounds are OPEN. All sites are available on first-come, first-served basis. Mill Creek Campground is CLOSED and will reopen May 16, 2014. More »
Gravel Access Road CLOSED.
Gravel access road to the Tall Trees trailhead is closed until further notice. Tall Trees Trail and Grove are still open. The easiest way to access this area is by hiking the Redwood Creek Trail, which is 8 miles one way.
Redwood National and State Parks to Celebrate the Legacy of Newton B. Drury
Contact: Pete Peterson, 707-465-7394
Redwood National & State Parks celebrate the legacy of Newton B.
On Friday, April 9th at 5:30 pm, a 1945 portrait of Newton Drury by
On Saturday, April 10th, two special interpretive walks will be offered at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The walks begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the Big Tree Wayside parking area, one mile north of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. The easy walks are about a mile long and will last approximately one hour. Learn more about Drury’s efforts as Director of Save the Redwoods League, his important work as fourth director of the National Park Service, and later chief of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and explore some amazing redwoods along the way!
Also on Saturday, April 10th, follow the lead of Newton Drury and take an active role in helping to protect the parks! Join park staff in planting redwood seedlings as part of the park’s watershed
Drury's 60 year career spans many significant events in our system of National and State Parks, and the efforts to preserve our old growth redwood forests. The Newton B. Drury Center was dedicated in 1973 as the Redwood National Park Headquarters. The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park was dedicated in 1993 following the opening of the Highway 101 bypass around that significant redwood area. Join us in celebrating these local partnership efforts and the legacy of Newton B. Drury!
Call 707-465-7306 for additional event information.
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Did You Know?
A redwood cone is the size of an olive. Each cone contains 60 to 120 seeds. One tree may produce 10 million seeds but only a few will reach maturity. If a seed settles in just the right place it may grow into a tree that will live more than 2,000 years.