A long hike, or longer bike-ride is needed to use this hike / bike site in a developed campground. There is a camping fee of $5 per person, per night. A self-pay station is located at the site.
A free backcountry permit is required.
To prepare for any trip to this location, download the detailed Gold Bluffs Beach Campground Hike / Bike Site guide and map (PDF).
• All overnight vehicles (for backcountry trips that originate from Prairie Creek Redwood State Park) must park at the designated area located next to the Prairie Creek Ranger Office (across Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center).
Backcountry hikers/bikers, who have a vehicle, must display a parking permit that will be issued with the backcountry permit.
• Secure items of value and keep them out of sight; better yet, leave them at home! Lock vehicle doors, roll up windows, and engage anti-theft devices.
• Thru-hikers only: - 11.5 miles to camp from Flint Ridge on the Coastal Trail. The Coastal Trail may be inaccessible at high tide from Carruthers Cove to Ossagon Creek.
• Thru mountain bicyclist: - 6.1 miles to camp from Ossagon Trailhead (mile marker 132.9 on Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway.
• Hikers: - 4.5 miles from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center to camp on the Miners Ridge Trail and 7 miles on the James Irvine Trail.
• Bicyclist: - 19 mile loop with overnight: From the Prairie Creek Visitor Center to camp is 7 miles by way of Streelow Creek Trail and 12 miles by way of Ossagon Trail.
• The hiker/biker site is in Gold Bluffs Beach Campground ONLY. Look for the access trail between campsites 19 and 20. Look for the hiker/biker sign. Maximum of 2 people per night allowed.
Disposal of Garbage and Human Waste
• Restrooms with showers (quarter operated and solar powered/cold).
• Animal proof trash cans and recycle bins available.
Food and Garbage Storage
• Store food, garbage, cooking gear, and all odorous items in food storage lockers.
• Keep a clean camp, store food and other smelly items responsibly, and properly dispose of all garbage-even crumbs!
• Do not feed wildlife (including birds) or allow them access to food. It’s illegal, dangerous to you, other humans, and the fed animal.
• Potable water is available in the campground.
Fires & firewood
• Use of portable camp stoves in lieu of campfires is strongly recommended.
• Campfires are restricted to designated fire rings only.
• Collecting of firewood is not permitted. However, you may purchase firewood from the Camp Host if available.
• Do not leave fires unattended or smoldering.
Leave No Trace
Understand the importance of Leave No Trace ethics in the redwoods.
Gold Bluffs Beach campground
Front and backcountry campground at Redwood National and State Parks.