Current Conditions.

 
 

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

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Weather Updates

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

 
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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, click here.

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, Calif.) Modified operations are in place.

  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi Calif.) Modified operations are in place.
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) is CLOSED for the season.
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) Modified operations are in place.
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) Modified retail operations are in place.
 
Developed Campgrounds

Developed Campgrounds
For general campground information and reservations, click here.

  • Jedediah Smith Campground is OPEN
  • Mill Creek Campground is CLOSED for the season.
  • Elk Prairie Campground is OPEN

  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground see alerts
 
Roads and Highways

Roads, Highways & Day Use Areas

For directions to Redwood National and State Parks, click here. 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 south of Cresceent City, US HWY 101 may be closed, or one-way traffic control may be in operation. 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: CLOSED to vehicles in winter. This 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 have a high chance of getting stuck or scraping along the 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 may 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
For general hiking and trail information, click here.

  • Mill Creek Trail from the Howland Hill Road to Smith River is closed until summer 2021 for the Grove of the Titans project.
  • 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 as well. Please contact (707) 464-6101 for the latest information.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been removed along the upper part of Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridge 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 Nature Trail have been removed.
 
Backcountry camps

Backcountry Camps

For general backcountry camping information and to download the Redwood National and State Parks Backcountry Trip Planner, click here. Please understand and use Leave No Trace ethics and practices when in any 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.

  • Little Bald Hills is OPEN
  • DeMartin is OPEN
  • Flint Ridge is CLOSED
  • Gold Bluffs is OPEN
  • Elam Creek is OPEN - only accessible from Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek
  • 44 Camp is OPEN - only accessible from Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek. No toilets, campers should follow Leave No Trace Principles by burying human waste and packing out used toilet paper.
  • Redwood Creek (dispersed camping) OPEN - only accessible from the Tall Trees Trailhead or Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek. Campers should follow Leave No Trace Principles when in the park.
    • The seasonal footbridges on Redwood Creek have been removed for the winter season. Do not attempt to cross Redwood Creek on foot. Crossing the creek can be hazardous due to the swift current, deep water, and slippery rocks. When setting up camp on the gravel bar place your tent at least 200 feet away from the creek to ensure that you are a safe distance from the water. Check the flow of Redwood Creek before your trip, anything over 400 cubic feet per second is far too dangerous to cross. Plan ahead for your trip to the park - do not plan on crossing the creek, know your route, know the weather forecast, and be prepared.
 
Horseback Trails

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

 
 

Last updated: April 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone:

(707) 464-6101

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