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.

Best hike ever! It was kind of scary driving in to the parking lot. The road was so narrow.

Very beautiful scenery, like from a fairytale. Sometimes even a little bit unreal. It is indeed a very easy walk, and the trail is very soft and smooth, but sometimes a little bit muddy.

Awesome and extremely unique little trail. The only problem is it's too short and too remote. Hope to take a few friends back in the future.

8 days ago

Nice little trail at the visitor's center. A lot of other options that I will take advantage of later.

10 days ago

What a great trial. Felt like this was where they filmed part of the star wars movie where the Ewoks lived. Amazing waterfall. Easy hike more like a stroll

24 days ago

It wasn't as pretty as it should have been. I did this trail and a few others today in the rain. It was raining good enough on this one to keep me from taking any pics. My lab enjoyed this one more than me but it was in today's game plan..... #273

Not really much of a trail. I was in the area doing another hike and spent 20 minutes here... 3 stars only for the ocean view. #272

1 month ago

a long time ago.....and again today.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Beautiful area again.... Another trail 750 ft ahead!

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!

2 months ago

2 months 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 