Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a state park, located in Humboldt County, California, near the town of Orick and 50 miles (80 km) north of Eureka. The 14,000 acre (57 km²) park is a coastal sanctuary for old-growth Coast Redwood trees.
The park is jointly managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service as a part of the Redwood National and State Parks. These parks (which includes Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park) have been collectively designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.
The meadow along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, with its population of Roosevelt elk, is considered a centerpiece of the park, located near the information center and campground. Other popular sites in the park are Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. The park is also home to the tailed frog and several species of salmon.
Trails in the park include:
- Miners Ridge and James Irvine - 11.6 miles (18.7 km)
- Brown Creek Loop - 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
- Big Tree Loop - 3.2 miles (5.1 km)
- Ten Taypo Trail - 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
- Rhododendron and Cal Barrel - 5.1 miles (8.2 km)
- West Ridge and Prairie Creek South - 5.8 miles (9.3 km)
- West Ridge and Rhododendron North - 7.7 miles (12.4 km)
- The Friendship Ridge Trail - 8.0 miles (12.9 km)
- The Ah Pah Trail - 0.6-mile (0.97 km)
- The Nature Trail - 1.0-mile (1.6 km)