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.
Tolowa Dance Demonstration: July 16, 2011
Contact: Jim Wheeler, 707-465-7764
On Saturday, July 16th, members of the Tolowa Nation will present a dance demonstration at 2 p.m. at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park day use area, located off U.S. 199, just west of the community of Hiouchi, Calif. The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge, and will last about an hour.
The dance demonstration is co-hosted by Redwood National and State Parks, Redwood Parks Association, and members of the Tolowa Nation.
Dance is an important part of the Tolowa culture, meant to reestablish positive relationships between humans and the earth. The dance, called Nee-dash in Tolowa, is a renewal ceremony that is traditionally performed inside a redwood plank house. For the demonstration, the program will be held in a redwood grove overlooking the Smith River. Many northwestern California tribes continue to pass on their language, arts, and traditions, particularly in the form of song and dance.
Come share in this celebration of local cultural diversity. Bring blankets or folding chairs, as seating may be limited. For more information about this event please contact National Park Ranger Jim Wheeler at 707-465-7764.
This News Release can also be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed here (PDF, 51.28 KB).
Did You Know?
The famous drive-through giant sequoia in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite National Park fell in 1969 under heavy snow. Today there are three coast redwood drive-through trees along Highway 101 in northern California. All are on private property and charge admission.