Explore the most popular birding trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Came here on a Wednesday @2pm. becomes "off road" about 3 miles before the trail head. Unfortunately, my scion xb wouldn't make it to the head (due to "creek" more like puddle) all the way so we parked about a little over a mile before getting to the head. My friend and I didn't mind at all, it made the hike a little longer. The actual hike was beautiful, where good shoes, and take a camera. :)

hiking
12 days ago

This was just stunning. I highly suggest this to everyone. It wasn't a long or difficult hike/walk, and absolutely majestic.

One of the best hikes I’ve ever did. Great views of the Redwoods. Lots of fallen trees to walk on. We ended the trail at the Narrows. First half is very quiet, didnt see anybody.

hiking
15 days ago

We started this trail by the Big Tree parking lot. We went around the Circle trail and came across this trail. It is a fairly easy trail among beautiful tall Sequoia trees. It was a rare sunny day, but the tree tops kept us mostly shaded and cool. It was an awesome hike.

10/1/18
If you want to mix it up from just viewing Redwood trees I’d say this is a must do. While there were footbridges in place, and well placed rocks/logs, just plan on getting your feet wet. The trail makes a loop and returns via the forest on top of the canyon but I think most people do it as an out and back through the canyon as that’s the most interesting part. It’s a bit of a drive on a winding gravel road through the trees to get here, and it’s a day use fee area (unless you have a parks pass or other), but it’s worth it for this hike and the secluded stretch of coast.

hiking
21 days ago

10/1/18
Beautiful and serene walk through the Redwoods, I only encountered a few other people toward the end of my hike. I thought the James Irvine trail was more scenic than Miner’s Ridge so if you’re not doing the loop I’d stay on James Irvine and just do an out and back. Lots of old growth Redwoods and plenty of unbelievably large tree trunks to marvel at. There’s also no sight or sound of civilization so you really feel like you’re “lost” in a coastal Redwood forest.

Gorgeous hike without a lot people on the trail.

Two words: Enchanted Forest. I've been on quite a handful of hikes, mostly on the East Coast, however, nothing has compared to what I saw here in the Redwoods. Such beauty and magic. Please note this is not a hike for "views" or a "workout", but rather to immerse yourself in the beauty of mother nature.

1 month ago

Steep initial gain to nice rolling trail among big trees! Beautiful!

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

So beautiful! A must see!

Beautiful, peaceful, easy hike! Well worth the drive back to the trailhead. My husband and I did this hike at 0900 and were the only ones around. Wear waterproof shoes/sandals as your feet will get wet. They filmed a scene from The Lost World Jurassic Park here if that excites you as well.

trail running
2 months ago

Great for trail running - wide old road bed so no brushing past bushes as you run. Nothing exciting in terms of views, as another reviewer said, but if you’re looking for a place to get a run in on a relatively flat trail, this is great.

Pretty trail, and well maintained. After the 4th mile it all looks the same though.

Astoundingly beautiful, even though well trafficked. Easy, even for older, less active folks. I suggest water shoes, you'll get your ankles wet unless you can cross the shallow river/creek on a log (easily done if you have someone with you to hold your hand). So worth the drive on a very narrow, sometimes dirt road riddled with blind turns. Loved it!

amazing to hike such great sights!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful. Great short hike. Only downsides are that access is 8 miles down a bumpy dirt road, and there are a lot of people. At least 30 cars in the parking lot for a 1-mile loop hike.

Fun area! Little crowded but so worth the sites!

beautiful a must see easy hike except to get wet feet

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous fern canyon, lush and moist.
Super easy hike, try to go early or late as it tends to attract large groups and families. Well worth the crowds though. It’s a unique canyon.

Beautiful redwoods and fern canyon is beyond beautiful! Walk on the beach to connect fern canyon to miners ridge!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views of the big trees, ferns, and rainforest mosses. Worth your time

Interesting mostly because you are hopping on rocks and logs most of the time. Recommend wearing flip flops or wellies, not hiking shoes.

Go early and you’ll have entire trail to yourself

walking
3 months ago

added the revelation trail to make it about a mile.

Easy hike, but very nice. We took the foothill trail out and joined the Cathedral trail back to the visitor’s center. We only had a short time in the forest, but I was so glad we got to hike!

walking
3 months ago

I love getting to see the great trees—perfect little walk from the visitor’s center!

Love this to take friends who can’t walk far. Loop trail goes through quiet green forest with ferns, creeklets, and yes Big trees.

good hike this one, and seldom used compared to others , and this the one that can kick your butt lol so fun .. great mix of everything , creeks , ridges ,has it all

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