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.
Elk Meadow Day Use AreaThis 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)
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.
Last updated: August 16, 2019