Campgrounds open and space available, but reservations no longer accepted.
As of 9.3.2012, winter reservations no longer accepted (via reserveamerica.com; 1-800-444-7275) for Jed Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie campgrounds. This does NOT mean that sites are unavail. All sites avail. first-come, first-served basis until May. More »
Miners Ridge and Ossagon backcountry camps closed indefinitely.
Backpacker sites avail. during summer only at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (8 sites avail.; free permit req'd; $5 fee paid on site) and year-round at Elk Prairie Campground (hiker/biker sites avail., first-come, first-served; $5 fee paid on site). More »
Free Backcountry Camping Permits Now Required
Contact: Nate St. Amand, (707) 465-7394
As of March 16, 2012, Redwood National and State Parks will begin requiring backcountry permits for overnight stays in all backcountry sites: Little Bald Hills, Nickel Creek, DeMartin, Flint Ridge, Ossagon, Redwood Creek, Elam Camp, and 44 Camp. Permits are free and may be obtained year-round at the Crescent City Information Center and the Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, CA). During summer months, permits may also be obtained at the Hiouchi Information Center. Permits must be obtained in person by a member of the backcountry party, and may be obtained on the first day or up to 24 hours in advance of the backcountry trip.
The new mandatory backcountry permit system helps the National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation to better communicate important safety information, such as trail conditions, water levels, and fire danger levels, as well as backcountry regulations necessary to protect park resources. The permits also help ensure a higher quality backcountry experience by assuring in advance that a campsite will be available.
For further information about obtaining permits and camping in Redwood National and State Parks, please contact a park ranger at (707)465-7394 or (707)465-7335.
This news release can also be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed here (PDF, 51 KB).
Did You Know?
Four species of frogs and one toad utilize aquatic habitats within the redwood region. The northern red-legged frog is quite abundant and is well-camouflaged on the moist forest floor. More...