Current Conditions

 
 

Last updated: Nov 18, 2019.

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

Fire, 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 4:30 pm.

  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed. Smith Campground) is closed for the season.
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) is currently OPEN 9am to 4:30 pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday from fall to spring.
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) is currently OPEN daily, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
 
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 www.lastchancegrade.com for information about the Last Chance Grade Project on US 101 in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

  • Howland Hill Road: See alerts
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: OPEN See Alerts for information on Hike and Bike Days.
  • Cal-Barrel Road is OPEN from sunrise to sunset. This is also 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: 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

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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) 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.
  • "Last Chance" section of Coastal Trail from Nickel Creek to Damnation Creek is has re-opened after the October rockslide.
  • 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.
  • There is a damaged hikers bridge between the South Fork Trail and Zig Zag1 Trail - this section of the Prairie Creek Trail is closed.
  • Parts of the Mill Creek Horse Trail is closed from August 12 through late December due to bridge and road repair in the Mill Creek Watershed Day Use Area.
 
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.

  • 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 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: November 18, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone:

(707) 464-6101

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