nature trips




no dogs


kid friendly

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.

Did this today in pretty good weather. The last time I did it the rain was pouring down so i couldn't see anything. It really didn't matter because there are no views from the trail and it's probably the poorest trail in the park. It's straight as can be... The beach is awesome with some great rock formations. I was really surprised by how many footprints there were on the beach. A lot of people apparently do this trail. Not one I will do again or recommend...

Loved it.

5 days ago

Gotta see the tree!

Incredible trail that I did last winter except that I walked down the road and back up Miners Ridge which effectively made it a figure eight because I did Clintonia coming and going. The site wouldn't post that one so I'll do it here. One of the most enjoyable hikes I've ever done especially since I did it in the middle of winter. I only saw one young couple in over 15 miles.

we did it clockwise but either is fine. perfect length, 1.75 hours. Old growth, awesome trees, no stumps!
Don't use redwood for your deck!

This trail was awesome and very family friendly! I carried my 2 year old in a framed backpack and my friends 4 year old didn't get worn out until we were nearly back to the car. The Falls were relatively small because it was late summer, but I'm sure if you came in spring they would have a much more dramatic effect. Beautiful hike through a pretty incredible redwood grove. Will definitely do this again when we expect more water in the falls!

10 days ago

short, gorgeous. we did the loop but getting over the giant log is difficult. have a really tall guy with you!

10 days ago

nice loop, small falls. great trees, ferns, loud road noise from 101, :(

10 days ago

This was really beautiful and I definitely recommend!

Be sure to bring cash for the $8 self register. The road to Fern Canyon is bumping, unpaved, narrow at certain points and dusty. My Nissan Versa did just fine. After passing the Gold Bluffs campgrounds there is a stream that you can cross and the trail head is a mile up the road. There are bathrooms in the parking lot.