Current Conditions.

 
 

Redwood National and State Parks conditions are ever-changing. This page shows our Parks' current conditions in detail. This page also has links to official websites about local air quality, water quality, state highway closures, weather forcasts and wildfire information. You can also search any National Park for their " Active Alerts"

Redwood National and State Parks does not require an entry permit or timed entry to drive through the Parks.


 
Weather Updates

Fire, Smoke, Weather and Air Quality

 
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Water Quality


The California Water Resources Control Board have an interactive map reflecting the most up to date harmful algal bloom reports.
 
Visitor Centers

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

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, Calif.) Open

  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi Calif.) Open
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) Open
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) Open
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) Open
 
Developed Campgrounds

Developed Campgrounds
For developed campground information and reservations.

  • Jedediah Smith Campground is OPEN
  • Mill Creek Campground is OPEN but plan for delays on Highway 101. Find Out More.
  • Elk Prairie Campground is OPEN

  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is OPEN
 
Roads and Highways

Roads, Highways & Day Use Areas

Get directions to Redwood National and State Parks. Also be sure to check-out our recommended scenic drives.

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

HWY 101, HWY 199 and HWY 299 roads conditions can be found at
CALTRANS

  • US 101: Rockslide on "Last Chance Grade" of section HWY 101.

    Due to an active rockslide and road repairs south of Crescent City, US HWY 101 may be closed, or one-way traffic control may be in operation. These closures will DELAY ACCESS to MILL CREEK CAMPGROUND.
    Slide conditions and traffic conditions can change daily. For the most upto date information about highway conditions, rely on the California Department of Transportation at: Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information or call 1-800-427-7623.

  • Howland Hill Road: OPEN
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: OPEN
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area: OPEN on weekends. The Mill Creek Day Use Area in the Del Norte Redwoods State Park unit of Redwood National and State Parks is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The day use area is accessed via Hamilton Road off of Highway 101 just south of Crescent City, Calif., and provides opportunities to explore by foot or mountain bike.

  • Cal-Barrel Road: OPEN to vehicles at this time. This also is a beautiful gravel road to walk under the redwoods with your leashed pets.
  • Davison Road: OPEN. Davison Road is very rough, with large potholes and standing water you have to drive through. No trailers and no vehicles wider than 8-feet or 24-feet long will be able to drive on any part of Davison Road west of the Elk Meadow Day Use Area.
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Road: OPEN. High clearance vehicles recommended. This gravel road has two stream crossings and low clearance vehicles going to Fern Canyon sometimes get stuck or scrape along these stream cobbles. In winter and spring, this road often is temporarily closed due to flooding or landslides. Closures happen with little or no warning, and there will be a delay before closures are posted on the "park conditions / alerts" webpage.
  • Bald Hills Road is OPEN (tire chains and four-wheel drive are recommended during the winter as the road is often not plowed)

  • Coastal Drive Loop is OPEN

  • Tall Trees Access Road is OPEN. A free permit is required to drive the access road and hike the Tall Trees Trail. Permits are not issued in park visitor centers, but online Tall Trees permits are being issued.
 
Trail restrictions

Trails that have current impacts or restrictions
Get detailed hiking and trail information.

  • The first mile of Mill Creek Trail from the Howland Hill Road towards the Smith River is closed until late-summer for the Grove of the Titans project. The next two miles will remain closed for repairs until 2022.
  • Tall Trees Trail is OPEN. Tall Trees permits are being issued online only.
  • 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. This means the Brown Creek-Rhododendron-South Fork loop is not an option.
  • 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.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been installed along the upper part of Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridge from Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground has been installed.
  • Seasonal footbridges at Fern Canyon have been installed.
  • Seasonal footbridges on the Praire Creek Nature Trail have been installed.
  • Hiouchi Trail section from HWY 199 to Stout Grove is temporarily closed because a large tree has fallen across the trail. It may not reopen until the fall / autumn of 2021.
 
Backcountry camps

Backcountry Camps

Get detailed backcountry camping information and also download the Redwood National and State Parks Backcountry Trip Planner. Please understand and use Leave No Trace ethics and practices when in the backcountry.

Backcountry permits are being issued online only, they are not available at any of the park visitor centers. Click here for more information on issuing backcountry permits.

 
Horseback Trails

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

 
 
 
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Wildflowers and Blooms

For information and updates on what popular plants are flowering.

Last updated: July 12, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone:

(707) 464-6101

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