High Wind Advisory in Effect
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Wind Advisory for the Redwood Coast. Expect heavy rain and strong gusty winds (incl gusts up to 65 mph) into Saturday. Please travel w caution and avoid forests in high winds. More »
Mill Creek Campground Closes for the Season on October 24.
The Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park will close for the season at 12 pm noon on Friday, October 24. Thanks for camping and we'll see you next summer! More »
Davison Road Closed at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground
Due to heavy rain, Davison Road is closed at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. Vehicles will be unable to access the Fern Canyon Trailhead (~ 1.25 miles beyond closure at campground).
Volunteers Needed: Seventh Annual Scotch Broom Bash in the Bald Hills, Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Redwood National and State Parks seeks volunteers interested in helping the park remove Scotch Broom from the Bald Hills area of the park.
Become a steward of your national and state parks and join us on Saturday, March 8, 2014 for the seventh annual "Broom Bash in the Bald Hills". Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is an aggressive and invasive exotic pest that displaces native plants, develops seed beds that can last for several decades, and is targeted for removal in the parks. It is particularly invasive of open grasslands in the Bald Hills. These small prairies provide habitat for migratory birds, deer, elk, a host of small mammals, and the terrestrial and avian predators that depend on them.
Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Kuchel Visitor Center, 1 mile south of Orick on Highway 101 where we'll share a snack, get organized and caravan up into the Bald Hills. The prairies of the Bald Hills are flush with a new carpet of green grasses in early spring, providing an emerald backdrop to the redwood high country. After a couple of hours of pulling scotch broom, we'll have lunch followed by an illustrated talk on the cultural history of the Bald Hills by Park Ranger Jim Wheeler.
Bring a bag lunch, drinking water, work clothes (with layers for changeable north coast weather conditions), and work gloves if you have them. Gloves and all other equipment needed will be provided by the parks.Heavy rain cancels the event.
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.