Current Conditions


Park Closure


  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Do Not Rely On Digital Maps Be aware that apps like google maps do not give accurate, site-specific information in this area. Visitors seeking places like the Tall Trees Grove Trailhead and Mill Creek Campground have been misdirected. Please utilize good judgement.
  • Alert 2 , Severity ,caution ,, Rough Road Conditions Howland Hill Road (in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) and Gold Bluffs Beach Road (with access to Fern Canyon Trailhead) are unpaved, narrow and windy roads. These roads are not recommended for low-clearance vehicles, and trailers are not permitted.
  • Alert 3 , Severity ,caution ,, Controlled Burns within Park Boundaries The Parks will be conducting controlled burns throughout the next few weeks in the Bald Hills and Elk Prairie. Patches of smoke and smoldering may be visible. For air quality, see North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District



Last updated: October 17, 2018.

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

Your best source for up-to-date information is to visit one of the parks' visitor centers.

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Weather Updates

Weather and Air Quality
For general climate and weather information for Redwood National and State Parks, click here.

Visitor Centers

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

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, Calif.) OPEN daily, 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) is currently OPEN daily, 9 am to 5 pm. Closes for the winter season on 9/30.
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily 9am to 5pm
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
Developed Campgrounds

Developed Campgrounds
For general campground information and reservations*, click here. (*Campgrounds are currently off the reservation system and First-come, First-served for the 2018-19 winter season)

  • Jedediah Smith Campground is currently OPEN.
  • Mill Creek Campground is currently CLOSED. Closes for the winter on October 10th, with the last night of camping on October 9th.
  • Elk Prairie Campground is currently OPEN.

  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is currently OPEN.
Roads and Highways

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

Please visit for information about the Last Chance Grade Project on US 101 in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

  • Howland Hill Road :OPEN
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: OPEN
  • Cal-Barrel Road is CLOSED to vehicles for the winter. This still is a great road to walk under the redwoods with leashed pets.
  • Davison Road: OPEN
    • Davison Road recommended for high clearance vehicles and no trailers.
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Road: In winter and spring this road often is temporarily closed due to flooding or landslides. Closures happen with little or no warning, and there may be a delay before closures are posted on the "park conditions / alerts" webpage.
  • 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, Prairie Creek Visitor Center, and the Crescent City Information Center (summer only).
Trail restrictions

Trails that have current impacts or restrictions
For general hiking and trail information, click here.

  • Fern Canyon Trail is OPEN.
  • Fern Canyon - James Irvine Trail Loop trail is OPEN.
  • Damnation Creek Trail is OPEN but not all the way to the beach. Beyond the bridge 1.75 miles from the trailhead, the trail is closed.
  • The Rhododendron Trail between Brown Creek Trail and South Fork Trail is currently CLOSED.
  • 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 removed along Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridges from Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground has been removed.
  • Seasonal footbridges at Fern Canyon have been removed.
  • Seasonal footbridges on the Praire Creek Natue Trail have been removed.
  • "Last Chance" section of Coastal Trail is CLOSED due to a landslide. This is the section from Nickel Creek to Damnation Creek.
  • There is a damaged hikers' bridge on the Rhododendron Trail between South Fork & Brown Creek. This section of the trail is closed - meaning the Brown Creek-Rhododendron-South Fork loop is not an option.
Backcountry camps

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 CLOSED indefinetly.
  • DeMartin is OPEN
  • Flint Ridge is OPEN
  • Gold Bluffs is OPEN
  • Elam Creek is OPEN
  • 44 Camp is OPEN
  • Redwood Creek (dispersed camping) is OPEN
    When planning a backcountry trip along Redwood Creek, please inquire at a visitor center or call 707-465-7335 in advance for updated information about creek flow conditions, crossing dangers, and availability of exposed gravel bars suitable for camping.
Horseback Trails

Horse Trails
For general information on horseback riding in the parks. click here.

Last updated: October 17, 2018

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1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531


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