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 »
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.
This News Release can also be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed here. (PDF, 28.29 KB)
Did You Know?
You can travel by car to Gold Bluffs Beach to hike along a meandering stream through a hidden canyon with 30-foot walls covered by several species of ferns. Follow steps up to James Irvine Trail to a prairie that was once a small mining town above Fern Canyon.