Current Conditions.


Stage II Fire Restrictions Are in Place

Sept 22: Due to moderate fire danger conditions, Stage II restrictions include:

  • No open fires allowed along the Redwood Creek gravel bar
  • No lighting of fires on any of the beaches at Redwood National Park

Current Fire Restrictions and Air Quality Conditions:

  • Howland Hill Road is open to emergency evacuation traffic only
  • Highway 199 is open with intermittent closures due to fire activity. Current Highway Information: California | Oregon
Nearby fires can impact air quality within the park. Have an alternative plan in case air quality is diminished due to smoke.

For the latest air quality readings, please see the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map.
There are currently no fires within Redwood National and State Parks.

The following fires are burning to the east of Redwood National and State Parks:

Slater Fire - see the Inciweb page for more information on this fire

Red Salmon Complex - see the Inciweb page for more information on this fire

For more information about fires and fire management in Redwood National and State Parks, please see our Fire Management page.

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.

Oct 27, 2020: Toxins associated with blue-green algae are present in the Klamath River. People and their pets should avoid recreating in the water when a strong bright green color or where algae mats are present. Rinse with tap water after swimming or filleting fish for consumption.
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. Retail, information, and restrooms are available.

  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi Calif.) Modified operations are in place. Retail, information, and restrooms are available.
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) is CLOSED for the season.
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) is CLOSED for the season.
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) Modified operations are in place. Retail, information, and restrooms are available.
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 is 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: CLOSED to vehicles. This is a beautiful gravel road to walk under the redwoods with your leashed pets.
  • Davison Road: OPEN. 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. Note: In summer, forest restoration crews will be working along this road.
  • 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 access Tall Trees Access Road. During COVID19 phased operations, online Tall Trees permits are being issued.
  • Gold Bluffs Environmental Camp Road: will be closed from June 15th - Nov 30th 2020 for forest restoration work.
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. During COVID19 operations, Tall Trees permits will be issued online.
  • 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 or inquire at any visitor center for the latest information.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been removed along the upper part of Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridges from Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground have been removed.
  • Seasonal footbridges at Fern Canyon have been removed.
  • Seasonal footbridges on the Praire Creek Nature Trail have been removed.
  • Parts of the Mill Creek Horse Trail is closed until late 2020 due to bridge and road repair in the Mill Creek Watershed Day Use Area.
  • Hamilton Road in the Mill Creek area is closed until November 2020 for Redwoods Rising restoration.
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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while our visitor centers are closed we are temporarily using an online system for issuing backcountry permits.

  • Little Bald Hills is OPEN
  • DeMartin is OPEN
  • Flint Ridge is OPEN
  • Gold Bluffs is OPEN
  • Elam Creek is OPEN
  • 44 Camp is OPEN but there are no toilets. Campers should follow Leave No Trace guidelines by burying human waste and packing out used toilet paper.
  • Redwood Creek (dispersed camping) is OPEN Campers should follow Leave No Trace guidelines by burying human waste and packing out used toilet paper. When planning a backcountry trip along Redwood Creek, please know the current conditions of creek flow, 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 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531


(707) 464-6101

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