Prairie Creek Redwoods Information and Inn of the Beachcomber Gold Beach Oregon
This page about the redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods Park is for the guests of the Inn of the Beachcomber and those of you that found it in cyber space. We are planning to offer more information on the Redwood Parks as we have time but thought we would at least offer this as a start. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park by Orick and the redwoods at Humboldt State Parks. The Humboldt Redwoods State Park is about an hour south of Eureka. The best site as far as info is the shannontech.com site which has a lot of pictures of the National Park, redwoods and the coastline. He has taken the time to provide a lot of useful info as well as his cool photography.
Paved Scenic Drives Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (15-30 minutes one way). Ten-mile (16-km) drive through old-growth redwood forest in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Along the way, look for access to numerous trailheads and spy the brawny Roosevelt elk. This scenic alternate to Highway 101 begins six miles north of Orick or four miles south of Klamath. No commercial vehicles permitted.
Enderts Beach Road (5 minutes one way). This 2-mile (3-km) route offers excellent views of the ocean, whale watching opportunities, and access to tidepools and the Coastal Trail. The turnoff is two miles (3 km) south of Crescent City along Highway 101.
Requa Road (15 minutes one way). Drive 4-miles (6-½ km) paved along the Klamath River up a steep grade to the Klamath River Overlook. Excellent whale and seabird watching. Bring your camera! Located two miles (3 km) north of the Klamath River on Highway 101.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
The Prairie Creek Redwoods area is 80 miles south of the Beachcomber and Gold Beach. Orick is the hub of this part of the national park redwood complex. The Prairie Creek redwoods were set aside in the early 1920’s by the Save-the-Redwoods League. Prairie Creek Redwoods area has over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves and this makes Prairie Creek a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. The visitor center & Elk Prairie Campground are located at the southern end of the Parkway and is a required stop to some information on the great hikes in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Some basic information on what Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has to offer:
Campgrounds: Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach, Environmental, and three hike/bike campgroundsWildlife viewing includes Roosevelt elk, whale watching, and interesting birding (spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and 262 more animal species)
Redwood national park lodging
For 22 years, the Redwood National Park Hostel (HI)—the only lodging available in Redwood National and State Parks—accommodated travelers from around the world. On January 18, 2010, however, the hostel closed its doors indefinitely due to a lack of available funding for necessary repairs to the historic former pioneer homestead.
As of January 18, 2010, there are no lodging facilities available in Redwood National and State Parks. Numerous camping opportunities are available, however. After leaving the Beachcomber I would look for lodging in Eureka or Fort Bragg as choices heading south. Most people have never really seen the California Northern Coast. The drive up from San Francisco on Hwy 101 is away from the ocean most of the way. If you are looking for a great drive and you like remote the drive through Fort Bragg through Mendocino and on to Jenner is pretty darn cool and is a great way to experience the forgotten California Northern Coast. There is not a lot of beachfront lodging in California, Eureka has none. As far as California, Fort Bragg hotels and motels are located on the beach and are fairly numerous. When I went to Fort Bragg a couple of years ago I ended up off the beach at a national chain on the highway. I will try to get some motel and Fort Bragg Hotel information organized here soon.