Current Conditions

Last updated: September 3, 2015 - 10:30 am

Wildfire Conditions
Fires on adjacent US Forest Service lands may bring slight haze/smoke to some parts of Redwood National and State Parks. Depending on weather/wind conditions, however, there may be significant smoke and reduced visibility in parts of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Visibility throughout much of the parks is still considered fair to good. For more fire information, visit

Redwood National and State Parks are wild and ever-changing—knowing the current conditions will help to ensure a more enjoyable redwood adventure.

Your best source for up-to-date information is the parks' visitor centers.
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For general climate and weather information for Redwood National and State Parks, click here.

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Visitor Centers
For information about visitor centers, locations, contact information and services, click here.

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Vistitor Center (Orick, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Hiouchi Information Center (Hiouchi Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) is OPEN daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Developed Campgrounds
For general campground information and reservations, click here.

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Roads & Highways
For directions to Redwood National and State Parks, click here. Also be sure to check-out our recommended scenic drives.

  • Damnation Creek Trail is OPEN, but the bridge 1.75 miles from the trailhead is closed to public until further notice and is preventing safe beach access.
  • Howland Hill Road is currently OPEN. However, vehicles entering/exiting Howland Hill Road via South Fork Road near Hiouchi, CA should anticipate road construction on a bridge over the Smith River with possible delays of up to 45 minutes.
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is OPEN.
  • Cal-Barrel Road is OPEN.
  • Davison Road is OPEN but travelers beyond Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (e.g., en route to Fern Canyon Trailhead) should be prepared for small stream crossings across the roadway. High clearance and/or 4-wheel drive recommended.
  • Bald Hills Road is OPEN.
  • Coastal Drive Loop is OPEN.
  • Tall Trees Access Road is OPEN. A free permit is required to access Tall Trees Access Road and is available at the Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, CA) and the Crescent City Information Center.
  • For the latest highway conditions in California, visit the California Department of Transportation.
  • For the latest highway conditions in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck.
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For general hiking and trail information, click here.

  • Fern Canyon is OPEN and seasonal footbridges are installed. Prepare to get your feet wet and expect fallen trees and obstacles.
  • Rhododendron Trail between South Fork and Brown Creek is currently CLOSED due to a bridge failure.
  • Damnation Creek Trail is closed 1.75 miles from the trailhead, due to a bridge failure, allowing for no access to the beach.
  • The year-round bridge over Bond Creek on the Redwood Creek Trail (~5 miles upstream from Redwood Creek Trailhead and ~2 miles downstream from Tall Trees Grove) is CLOSED due to damage. As such, you will need to take a detour to get around this bridge. You can walk on the Redwood Creek Gravel Bar or there is a trail detour in place as well. Please contact 707-465-7335 or inquire at any visitor center for the latest information.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been installed along Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been installed connecting Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground.
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Backcountry Camps
For general backcountry camping information and to download the Redwood National and State Parks Backcountry Trip Planner, click here.

  • Little Bald Hills is OPEN.
  • Nickel Creek is OPEN.
  • DeMartin is OPEN.
  • Flint Ridge is OPEN.
  • Gold Bluffs Beach (hiker/biker) is OPEN.
  • Elam Creek is OPEN.
  • 44 Camp is OPEN.
  • Redwood Creek (dispersed camping) is OPEN.
    Due to significant wildfire danger, open campfires are currently prohibited at dispersed backcountry campsites along Redwood Creek.
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Horse Trails
For general information on horseback riding in the parks. click here.

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