Current Conditions



  • 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.



Last updated: April 9, 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 CLOSED for winter.
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) is currently OPEN , 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.

  • Jedediah Smith Campground is currently OPEN.
  • Mill Creek Campground is CLOSED for the winter.
  • Elk Prairie campground is currently OPEN.

  • Gold Bluffs Beach campground is currently OPEN - but check alerts.
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 has closed to vehicles for winter. This road is still a great place to walk with pets on a leash.
  • Davison Road: OPEN - but check alerts.
    • 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 for the first 1/4 mile closest to the beach - but there is no access past the log-jam that has blocked the river bed & canyon floor. At the log jam, all visitors will have to return to the Fern Canyon parking area the way they came.
  • Fern Canyon - James Irvine Trail Loop trail is CLOSED due to a log-jam in Fern Canyon.
  • 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.
  • The seasonal footbridge from Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground has been removed.
  • Seasonal footbridges at Fern Canyon have been removed. The loop section at the mouth of Fern Canyon is still closed due to rockslides and debris.
  • "Last Chance" section of Coastal Trail is CLOSED due to a landlside. This is the section from Nickel Creek to Damnation Creek.
  • Due to repair work, The Ossagon Trail and Gold Bluff Beach Trails are CLOSED. Expected re-opening in July 2018.
  • Prairie Creek Trail has a hikers' bridge out in the area between South Fork & Zig Zag 1 trails. This means the Westridge-Zig Zag 1-Prairie Creek loop is not an option.
  • 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. Alert in Place
  • DeMartin is OPEN
  • Flint Ridge is OPEN
  • Gold Bluffs 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: April 16, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531


(707) 465-7335

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