Bicycling In The Redwoods

Bicycling Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Bicycling Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

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Bicycling in Redwood National and State Parks can be a challenging and an awe-inspiring experience as you pass through the redwood forest or along the coastline. Although most national parks prohibit biking in the backcountry, we offer several trails—often on rehabilitated logging roads where tires cause less erosion damage and where routes are wide enough to safely accommodate multiple uses. Help limit impacts on other trails by respecting areas where bicycles are not permitted. Print out, or pick up a biking in the parks brochure. at any visitor center.

Each year from autumn until spring, we have monthly "Hike and Bike" days on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway,

Check the Park Alerts and Current Conditions for any updates on bike trails.

Map of bike trails around Elk Meadow Day Use Area

Elk Meadow Day Use Area

This location is a hub for connecting different bike trails in the Greater Prairie Creek watershed. Most of these bike trails are on old logging roads that go through second-growth forests - though a few miles of ancient redwoods can be explored by bike on the western end of the Lost Man Creek Trail.

Starting in late 2019, an ecosystem restoration project called Redwoods Rising will begin to fix the degraded second-growth forests in the area. During this years-long process there may be temporary bike / trail closures in place.

Seven Bike Routes (North to South)

  • Little Bald Hills Trail on Howland Hill Road: 4.8 miles on parks' side. Continue on the USFS Paradise Trail for 5 more miles. Steep.
  • Coastal Trail, Last Chance section, located at the southern end of Enderts Beach Road or at milepost 15.6 on Highway 101: 6 miles. Some steep areas.
  • Ossagon Trail Loop starts at milepost 132.9 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: 19-mile loop when combined with Coastal Trail, Gold Beach section, and Davison Road. Steep, easy, easy, steep, respectively.
  • Coastal Trail, Gold Bluffs Beach section, accessed via Ossagon Trail or Davison Road: 3 miles. Easy.
  • Streelow Creek Trail, 1.8 miles on mostly single-track that connects Davison Road in the west with Davison Trail in the east. Easy.
  • Davison Trail, start at Elk Meadow Day Use Area or at the south end of Elk Prairie campground: 3 miles. Easy. Combine with Streelow Creek Trail and Davison Road for a 7½ loop. Easy to moderate. Carry on to Lost Man Creek trailhead for another 2½ miles. Moderate.
  • Lost Man Creek Trail located 3 miles north of Orick or 6½ miles up Bald Hills Road off Hwy 101: 11 miles. Combine with Bald Hills Road and Highway 101 for a 20½-mile loop. Add on four miles by going to Elk Meadow Day Use Area. Moderate with some steep grades. Each year from June until November the upper part of this trail (near the Bald Hills Road) is CLOSED due to forest restoration operations. During this time it is not possible to complete the loop ride.
A family rides bikes under redwoods

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: Hike and Bike Days

You can ride anytime through 10-miles of stunning redwoods on the paved Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. A treat for cyclists and walkers is that on the first Saturday of each month (October to April) the Parkway is closed to motorised vehicles. This event is a wonderful way for cyclists to safely enjoy this road. The Parkway is fairly flat except when the road climbs / descends over 400-feet in the nothern one-mile section.


Other Local Biking Opportunities

There are local businesses that offer rental bikes and other services that might be of interest to you. Check with the Brookings OR, Crescent City, Klamath, Orick, Trinidad, McKinleyville, Arcata or Eureka Chambers of Commerce for more information.

Redwood Rides provides guided biking tours through Redwood National and State Parks and the Arcata Community Forest is a popular location where locals ride single-track routes in 100-year old redwood forests.

Last updated: August 16, 2019

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