Backcountry Fire Restrictions in Effect (Last updated: 9/10/2014)
Due to "Extreme Fire Danger," fires are currently prohibited in backcountry, including established fire rings at designated backcountry campsites and on Redwood Creek gravel bars. Personal camp stoves are allowed. Call 707-465-7335 for updates.
Howland Hill Road to Close for Annual Maintenance
Contact: Jeff Bomke, 707-465-7301
Beginning Tuesday, May 24th, the portion of Howland Hill Road through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic on week days for annual maintenance of the road. This maintenance work is anticipated to take approximately two weeks and the road work is scheduled to be completed by June 4th or sooner. The road will be open on weekends and Memorial Day.
It is necessary to close this narrow, gravel roadway to all public vehicle traffic for visitor safety, protection of the resources and efficiency. Locked gates at each end of the roadway will close the area being worked on. Visitors may enter the area on foot but should use caution especially in the vicinity of heavy equipment. Do not block gates when parking at either end of the road.
While Howland Hill Road is closed to motorized vehicles, there are still many other opportunities-from Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, to leisurely strolls, or challenging bike routes-to explore Redwood National and State Parks. For more information, maps, and suggestions for exploring your parks, stop by or the Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center at 1111 Second Street in Crescent City, California, the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center located on Highway 101 just south of Orick, California, or the Prairie Creek Redwoods Visitor Center in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The visitor centers are open seven days a week. Information can also be obtained by calling (707) 465- 7335 (M-F) or visiting the park website at: www.nps.gov/redw.
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Did You Know?
Common in the redwood forest, ravens often scavenge food scraps found in campgrounds. Once they find an easy food source, they constantly fly over that area in search of food. Unfortunately, they may come across a marbled murrelet nest and eat the egg or chick! Please store all food items properly.