Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a state park, located in Humboldt County, California, near the town of Orick and 50 miles (80 km) north of Eureka. The 14,000 acre (57 km²) park is a coastal sanctuary for old-growth Coast Redwood trees.
The park is jointly managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service as a part of the Redwood National and State Parks. These parks (which includes Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park) have been collectively designated as a World Heritage Site and form part of the California Coast Ranges International Biosphere Reserve.
The meadow along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, with its population of Roosevelt elk, is considered a centerpiece of the park, located near the information center and campground. These open areas of grassland within the redwood forest are locally known as prairies; and the park takes its name from Prairie Creek flowing near the western edge of the meadow and along the west side of the parkway. Other popular sites in the park are Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. The park is also home to the tailed frog and several species of salmon.
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  • Right next to the national park. It has amazing campsites right under the redwoods and some of the best hiking trails. 
    Right next to the national park. It has amazing campsites right under the redwoods and some of the best hiking trails.  more »
  • Giant trees, Roosevelt Elk, and great hiking trails, what more do you need? Love this park for hiking and scenic drives. The trails that start at the visitor's center are a great place to start. 
    Giant trees, Roosevelt Elk, and great hiking trails, what more do you need? Love this park for hiking and scenic drives. The trails that start at the visitor's center are a great place to start.  more »
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  • Prairie Creek is absolutely magical!!! It is so green and lush. And the trail we took leading to the Fern Trail was not difficult. I heard that the Fern Trail requires walking in water a little higher than ankle deep. So bring waterproof boots or sandals and an extra pair of socks. So excited to do that trail the next time!! Have fun and enjoy the quiet, colorful beauty of nature!!! 💚🌲
  • Gorgeous park and well worth the drive. My wife stopped in here to walk the James Irvine Trail. We were pressed for time so we parked in the official park area (cost $8 and we'll worth having a safe place to leave the Van) and walked the Cathedral Trail. This trail was the coolest of all aces I've seen in the Redwoods. The map states the trail is only .42 miles long, but I'm not sure where they came up with that. It took as hour to take the trail and make it to Big Tree and back to our Van. Anyways, awesome little journey and a must see. Even saw tons of elk.

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