nature trips




kid friendly


no dogs

trail running

wild flowers

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.

9 hours ago

9 days ago

This place is really cool. Highly recommend if making a trip to the Redwoods.

Had a chance to drive this several years ago and I'm grateful to this day for the opportunity.

Super short but worth the stop. There's little else in the world that feels as amazing as walking through an incredibly dense forest amongst the redwoods. These trees are huge and Big Tree is freakin' gigantic.

really beautiful and very easy. trail can get confusing when you get around big tree and fern something though. watch the signs

I hiked this trail w/ my brother and two kids. We started at the park headquarters & headed towards the ocean. The first 3rd of the trail is a significant climb in elevation but the remainder of the trail is a gradual down hill. My 12 and 14 year old easily hiked the trail. It took about 2 hours from the ranger station to the camp grounds on the beach. Excellent scenery. The trail is a single track but easy to carry on a conversation w the person in front or behind. The trail ends on Davison Road where we had my mother pick us up.

Man those trees are big!

Whole trail is in a forest so it's cool and bring a jacket. Right before reaching the beach, there is a fern canyon loop also worth a walk. Beach was gloomy that day and there was a big pond blocked the access. Eat a big breakfast and enjoy the hiking!

Perfect little hike but I would advise wearing water friendly shoes. We ran into the tree obstacle but didn't have any problems getting around/through it.

Beautiful, quiet, green and lush. Loved the elevation gain. We only passed two other hikers. A little muddy.