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  • Warning: Elk Calving Season, Elk Can Be Aggressive

    Female (cow) elk are defensive of their newly born calves. As people approach, a cow may charge and/or rear up and lash out with her front legs. For your safety, STAY 500 FEET AWAY from elk, at all times. More »

  • Davison Road Maintenance begins 7/7/2014. Expect delays.

    Beginning July 7, road crews will be grading sections of Davison Road between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. Visitors to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon should expect 30 minute delays.

Backcountry: Designated Campsites

Free permits are now required for overnight use of all designated backcountry campsites (below) and are available from Kuchel Visitor Center, Crescent City Information Center, and Hiouchi Information Center (summer only).
 

NORTHERN SECTION (North of the Klamath River)

Little Bald Hills Camp (5 sites, horses and bikes allowed)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked trailhead is on short access road off Howland Hill Road
  • Mileage to campground: 3.3
  • Difficulty Level: Strenuous, gradual 1,800 foot rise in elevation
  • Description: Fire pits, bear proof lockers, toilet, picnic tables, non-potable water spigot, horse trough, and corral. Free backcountry camping permit required. Bring drinking water. Climb through old-growth forest to open prairies fringed by fir and pine trees.

Nickel Creek Camp (5 sites)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked north access is at the end of Enderts Beach Road off Hwy 101. Marked south access is on east side of Hwy 101 at mile marker 15.6
  • Mileage to campground: 0.5 from north access; 6 from south access
  • Difficulty Level: North access is a steep quick descent. South access starts level and ends with a steep descent to the camping area.
  • Description: Picnic tables, fire pits, bear proof lockers, and toilet. Located ¼-mile (½-km) from the ocean alongside a stream, this campsite features a lush coastal environment and the beauty of nearby Enderts Beach. Purify water from the stream before drinking. Free backcountry camping permit required.

DeMartin Camp (10 sites)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked north access is on east side of Hwy 101 at mile marker 15.6. Marked south access is at Redwood Hostel off Hwy 101.
  • Mileage to campground: From north access, 3.4. From south access, 3.5.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate, some steep grades and switchbacks.
  • Description: Picnic tables, bear proof food lockers, fire pits, and toilet. Bring your own water. The camp offers ocean vistas from a high bluff. Free backcountry camping permit required

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Costal Trail, DeMartin Camp
Costal Trail, DeMartin Camp
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Coastal Trail, Flint Ridge

Coastal Trail, Flint Ridge

NPS Collection

SOUTHERN SECTION (South of the Klamath River)

Flint Ridge (11 sites)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked west access is on the Coastal Drive. Marked east access is across from the Old Douglas Memorial Bridge site at junction of Alder Camp and Klamath Beach Road.
  • Mileage to Campground: From west access, 0.25. From east access, 4.5
  • Difficulty Level: East access is strenuous and climbs approximately 800 feet.
  • Description: Picnic tables, bear proof lockers, fire pits, and toilet. Bring your own water. This quiet section of the parks features outstanding wildlife viewing and one of the finest old-growth redwood stands. Free backcountry camping permit required.
 

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (1 site available accommodating up to 8 backcountry users)

Site #23 at the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground has been redesignated as a backcountry camp due to the closure of nearby Miners Ridge and Ossagon backcountry camps. Free backcountry permit required, available from Kuchel Visitor Center, Crescent City Information Center, and Hiouchi Information Center (summer only); $5 fee also required, payable at campground.

  • Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Trailhead: Hikers: There are several different access points for this camp, the shortest being about 4.5 miles from Elk Prairie via Miners Ridge Trail. Inquire at any visitor center for trail recommendations and current conditions. Bicyclists: Access is only from mile marker 132.9 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (via Ossagon Trail -> Coastal Trail - Gold Bluffs Beach Section -> Davison Road) or Davison Road.
  • Mileage to campground: Hikers: Depending on which access you choose, one-way mileage is a minimum of 4.5 miles via Miners Ridge Trail. Bicyclists: About 6 miles, one way, via Ossagon Trail -> Coastal Trail - Gold Bluffs Beach Section -> Davison Road; or, 5.3 miles via Davison Road from Elk Meadow.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate hike, some steep grades with switchbacks.
  • Description: One site (#23) within this developed campground has been redesignated for use by backcountry users only. Up to 8 campers allowed. Picnic tables, food lockers, firepits, and barbecues available, as are water, restroom, and solar shower facilities shared by all campground campers.
  • Parking: Overnight parking for trail access is available only at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center (inquire within) or Elk Meadow (near start of Davison Road). Overnight parking is not allowed on the Newton B. Drury Scenic parkway.
  • Fee: 5$ fee required, payable on arrival at campground.
 

Elam Camp (3 sites, horses allowed)

  • Access to Elam Creek Loop Trail, south of Elam Horse Camp, is currently CLOSED due to a tree fall and bridge damage.

  • Location: Redwood National Park

  • Trailhead: Redwood Creek Trailhead (summer only) or Orick Rodeo Grounds

  • Mileage to campground: 3 miles to camp from the Redwood Creek Trailhead or 6 miles from the Orick Rodeo Grounds. Several loop options for horses on the Orick Horse Trails.

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Description: Located in the Redwood Creek area, walk through old-growth redwoods to camp. Picnic tables, bear proof lockers, fire pits, toilet, non-potable water (treat from creek), and a corral. No more than 12 stock animals are permitted. Free backcountry permit required.

44 Camp (4 sites)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Redwood Creek Trailhead (summer only) or Orick Rodeo Grounds
  • Mileage to campground: 7 miles to camp from the Redwood Creek Trailhead or 12 miles to camp from the Orick Rodeo Grounds
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Description: Located in the Redwood Creek area, walk through old-growth redwoods to camp. Picnic tables, bear proof lockers, fire pits, toilet, and non-potable water (treat from creek). Free backcountry permit required.

Redwood Creek (Max of 50 people allowed per night, dispersed)

  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked trailhead and parking area is off of Bald Hills Road off Hwy 101.
  • Mileage: 8
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate.
  • Description: Located along a stretch of Redwood Creek, the gravel bars offer the only area in the parks where dispersed camping is permitted. Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere on the gravel bars between the first seasonal bridge (1.5 miles from trailhead) and no closer than ¼-mile (½-km) of the Tall Trees Grove. Be sure to obtain a permit for camping at the Kuchel Visitor Center.
  • Winter Camping (December-May): Redwood Creek runs high and fast during the winter with unexpected flows and rising water. Gravel bars are rarely available for camping. Foot bridges across the creek are removed in September and are not installed for the summer until late May. Check at the visitor center before planning your trip for current conditions.

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Did You Know?

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.