The Gold Bluffs Beach Day-Use Area offers many recreational activities such as walking the Fern Canyon Trail Loop, picnicing on the beach, fishing in the ocean, and so much more.
Step 2: Make a Reservation
Reservations are only issued online. Reservations will not be issued in park visitor centers and often fill up in the summer. Plan ahead in order to have the best chance to secure a permit.
Make a Reservation - Permits are being issued by our non-profit partner, Redwood Parks Conservancy.
Step 3: Take your Reservation to the Park
Check your junk / spam folders for an email from Redwood National and State Parks. The Gold Bluffs Beach entrace station will be checking reservations and taking fee payments. The government-issued photo ID associated with your permit must be shown to gain access.
Gold Bluffs Beach Day-Use Area & Fern Canyon Reservation FAQs
The implementation of a reservation system will allow Redwood National and State Parks to:
May 15 – September 15th. From September 16th to May 14th, day use at Gold Bluffs Beach will be unrestricted.
Any park visitor driving to Gold Bluffs Beach for Day-Use access who wants to park at either the Gold Bluffs Beach picnic area or Fern Canyon. There will be no restrictions to visitors walking to Fern Canyon from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center or along Davison Road during that time. Campers at the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground will not be required to obtain a day-use reservation for access.
Find an available date and time and reserve your spot. A confirmation email will be sent to you immediately after booking your permit, and will also be re-sent to you 24hours before the date/time of the permit. Visitors will be required to either print out this confirmation email, or take a screen shot, and present this at the time of arrival at the Gold Bluffs Beach entrance station. The person whose name is designated on the permit must be present in the vehicle at the time of arrival, and show a valid proof of identification.
There will be several reservations available to visitors.
In-Advance reservations will be available for the 2023 season starting at 12:00 am PT, April 14, 2023.
Day-before reservations will be available starting at 8:00 am the day before the reservation date.
After booking your reservation on https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm you be given the option to save this event on your calendar (from the booking website) and will also immediately receive an email confirmation. Please check your spam/junk folder if you don’t see this email in your primary inbox. This email will be sent from Redwood National and State Parks.
Please read this confirmation email thoroughly as it will pertain important information to help you plan your visit. After reading your confirmation email, and visiting the permits page on https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm, if you still have questions, you are welcome to visit any of the Visitor Center locations within Redwood National and State Parks. You are also welcome to call (707) 464-6101 (general park information line) but please be advised that this phone number is not always staffed and your best place for information regarding your permit will be either the email confirmation or website.
Proof of reservation will be required upon entry to the Gold Bluffs Beach Day-use area. The reservation holder must be in the vehicle and will be required to provide their name and a valid photo ID.
Yes, you can cancel or change your existing permit using the email confirmation you receive immediately after making your reservation. Please save this email.
If you are unable to visit on the day of your reservation, please take the time (less than 2 mins) to cancel your reservation. Limited reservations are available and we appreciate your assistance with ensuring that as many visitors as possible are able to get a reservation.
Yes. You will still be able to access Fern Canyon via trails within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The hike is approximately 10.4 miles round-trip from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, located off of the Newton B. Drury Parkway, via the James Irvine Trail. If you plan to hike to Fern Canyon, please start your hike early and be prepared by planning ahead.
No. Once a reservation is reserved with a name, that person will need to be present in the vehicle upon your arrival to Gold Bluffs Beach to gain entry. You are required to show the government-issued photo ID coorelated with your permit in order to gain entry. No ID, no reservation.
The Gold Bluffs Beach reservation will allow a vehicle to enter Gold Bluffs Beach Day-Use Area via Davison Road. Parking is permitted only at the designated parking area listed on the reservation along Gold Bluffs Beach and the Fern Canyon parking lot.
Visitors with a Gold Bluffs Beach Campground reservation will not need to apply for a day-use reservation.
Last updated: May 27, 2023