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.

11 hours ago

Very easy trail for anyone to enjoy, short and other than the "Big Tree" it's just another Redwoods Forest Hike!

Beautiful hike up a creek surrounded on both sides by near vertical walls of fern, Redwood sorrel, wild ginger, and more.

Perfect trail! Steep. Curvy. Dry (no mud). Beautiful. Lush, green.

Loved this trail was worth the trip

Easy, quick hike. Absolutely beautiful - like a magical fairyland walking through the redwoods.

Didn't make it all the way to the beach our first time through. Great day hike to get to the overlook and lunch though. We went in early May and it was quite wet in a few spots but nothing we couldn't slog through. There's also a lot of roots in the trail so you've got to watch your step and pause when you want to look up at the beautiful trees. Great scenery all along the trail and a nice view down to the beach at the part before the trail to the beach. I think the mileage might be a bit off though, and longer than the signage claims. Hopeful to make it back soon and plan for an hour to rest at the beach before heading back. Or having a pick-up planned at Gold Bluff Beach!

This is a great VERY EASY hike to the falls. About
.2 miles to the falls. The falls are small but beautiful with great views of the redwoods.