nature trips



kid friendly


wild flowers

trail running

no dogs

Set aside in the early 1920s by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. Prairie Creek, situated 50 miles north of Eureka off of Highway 101, offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. This park, along with Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

This was probably one of my favorite hikes. went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary and had a blast. the Photos don't do this place justice, a must!

19 days ago


very nice, gps said 4 miles, moderate hiking level

Had a beautiful day hiking this trail from the Prairie park hq. We did the loop out Miners Ridge to the Gold Bluffs Beach and north to return by James Irvine trail.

We got lost after miners ridge ended at beach road and bushwhacked across prairie grass and dunes to the beach. Also missed connection back to the Fern Canyon trail from the beach. Outside of that the trail was very well marked.

The changing landscapes from Redwoods to the beach keep it interesting. Old growth like whoa! Majestic. Looking forward to doing this one again!

Amazing trees with lush growth on a very good trail. Everything perfect for a great hike

Amazing trail. I would do it again in a heartbeat 

It was one of the most beautiful places I have been.

Jurassic park trail. Gf went crazy and climbed some trees

2 months ago

Great early morning hike.

Most amazing hike ever!, I love this place!! It's like stepping into another world.

There are two viewpoints off the trailhead. One short and flat the other a little decline and longer but the better view. Was lucky and saw two dolphins in the water below the viewpoint.

2 months ago

Easy trail with sign about the various trees and plants. There is a summer only bridge to cross the creek

2 months ago

Easy trail that can been made into a loop trail (see Matt's review) according to the rangers the elk are not seen in the meadow as often as they once were.

Nice easy trail that parallels the parkway so there is occasional car noise. There are several other entrances and passes the Big Tree. Can be part of several loop hikes.

Very pretty - a little crowded and can be very slippery climbing over some of the fallen trees. Worth the hike from the visitor center or driving in and walking through the canyon.