Current Conditions.

 

Alerts

 

Redwood National and State Parks conditions are ever-changing. This page shows our Parks' current conditions in detail. This page also has links to official websites about local air quality, water quality, state highway closures, weather forcasts and wildfire information. You can also search any National Park for their " Active Alerts"

 
Visitor Centers

Visitor Centers
For information about visitor centers, locations, contact information and services.

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (Orick, Calif.) OPEN
    • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday (winter hours).
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center (6 miles north of Orick, Calif.) OPEN
    • 7-days a week 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (winter hours).
  • Crescent City Information Center (Crescent City, Calif.) OPEN
    • 7-days a week 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (winter hours).
  • Hiouchi Visitor Center (Hiouchi, Calif.) OPEN
    • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday (winter hours).
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center (Jed Smith Campground) CLOSED for the winter season, reopens next summer
 
Developed Campgrounds

Developed Campgrounds
For developed campground information and reservations.

  • Jedediah Smith Campground: OPEN
  • Mill Creek Campground: CLOSED for the winter season
  • Elk Prairie Campground: OPEN
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: OPEN
    • Sedans and other low clearance vehicles not recommended on access road.
 
Roads and Highways

Roads, Highways & Day Use Areas

Get directions to Redwood National and State Parks. 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

  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway: OPEN
  • Howland Hill Road: OPEN
  • Davison Road: OPEN, but not recommended for low clearance vehicles.
    • Davison Road is very rough, with large potholes and axle-deep 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, but not recommended for low clearance vehicles.
    • High clearance vehicles recommended. This gravel road has two stream crossings and low clearance vehicles going to Fern Canyon sometimes get stuck or scrape along these 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 will be a delay before closures are posted on the "park conditions / alerts" webpage.
  • Fern Canyon Parking / Gold Bluffs Beach Day Use Area: OPEN
  • Cal-Barrel Road: CLOSED to vehicles until Memorial Day Weekend in 2023, OPEN for walking (great walk with pets).
    • This is a beautiful gravel road to walk year-round under the redwoods with your leashed pets.
  • Bald Hills Road: OPEN but use caution due to branches and needles on roadway.
    • Tire chains and four-wheel drive are recommended during the winter as the road is often not plowed.
  • Tall Trees Access Road: CLOSED due to downed trees
    • 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.
  • Coastal Drive Loop: OPEN
  • High Bluff Overlook: OPEN
  • South Coastal Drive: OPEN
  • Enderts Beach Road: OPEN
  • Geneva Road (Lost Man Creek Trail access road): OPEN
    • This road goes from HWY 101 and leads to the Lost Man Creek Trail and parking area.
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area: CLOSED to the public on weekdays
  • Delays on "Last Chance Grade" section of HWY 101.

    Due to rockslides and road repairs south of Crescent City, one-way traffic control is in operation on US HWY 101.
    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.

  • For the latest highway conditions in California, visit the California Department of Transportation.
 
Trail restrictions

Trails that have current impacts or restrictions
Get detailed hiking and trail information.

  • Mill Creek Trail: OPEN from the Howland Hill Road through the Grove of the Titans boardwalk. The Mill Creek trail between the Grove of Titans and Hiouchi Trail is Temporarily closed.
  • Cal Barrrel Rd: Closed to pedestrains due to storm damage

  • Mill Creek Horse Trail: Temporarily closed
  • Skunk Cabbage Trail: Closed due to storm damage
  • Tall Trees Trail: CLOSED due to downed trees
  • Damnation Creek Trail: OPEN, but not all the way to the beach, closure at bridge 1.75 miles from the trailhead.
  • Scholar Loop Trail (which is accessed from the Brown Creek Trail): CLOSED
  • The Rhododendron Trail between Brown Creek Trail and South Fork Trail: CLOSED
    • This means the Brown Creek-Rhododendron-South Fork loop is not an option currently.
  • 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.
  • Seasonal footbridges have been removed along the Redwood Creek Trail.
  • Seasonal footbridge from Stout Grove to the Jedediah Smith Campground has been removed until summer.
  • Seasonal footbridges at Fern Canyon have been removed for the remainder of winter.
  • Seasonal footbridges on the Prairie Creek Nature Trail have been removed for the remainder of winter.
  • Hiouchi Trail: Temporarily closed
  • Lost Man Creek Trail: The day use area is open, but the trail is closed
 
Backcountry camps

Backcountry Camps

Get detailed backcountry camping information and also download the Redwood National and State Parks Backcountry Trip Planner. Please understand and use Leave No Trace ethics and practices when in the 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: OPEN
  • DeMartin: OPEN
  • Flint Ridge: OPEN
  • Gold Bluffs: OPEN
  • Elam Creek: OPEN
    • Redwood Creek is flowing very high currently due to the multiple storms that have hit the park area. Hiking into this backcountry camp is only available by starting at the Orick Horse Trailhead. From this trailhead you do not have to cross the creek, which at its current flow is not crossable.
  • 44 Camp: OPEN
    • Redwood Creek is flowing very high currently due to the multiple storms that have hit the park area. Hiking into this backcountry camp is only available by starting at the Orick Horse Trailhead. From this trailhead you do not have to cross the creek, which at its current flow is not crossable.
  • Redwood Creek (dispersed camping): CLOSED due to extremely high creek flow
 
Horseback Trails

Horse Trails

  • Mill Creek Horse Trail: Closed due to storm damage
 
 
Weather Updates

Fire, Smoke, Weather and Air Quality

 
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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.
 
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Wildflowers and Blooms

For information and updates on what popular plants are flowering.

Last updated: January 30, 2023

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