Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, along with Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park.
Reservations are needed at Elk Prairie and Gold Bluff Beach Campground year-round. Gold Bluffs Beach campground is cabover camper- or tent-only; no trailers of any kind are allowed on Davison Road.
Stayed in a tent here in November. Absolutely beautiful! We could see the ocean from our site and it only took around 2 minutes to walk to the water. It was $35 to stay one night which was a little more to pay than I'm used to, but very nice campground for tents or small campers and vans.
Running water in the bathrooms and there was even a shower. There was fire wood for sale for $8 and there was free wifi that actually worked. The camp host was very nice and helpful.
Fern canyon was about 2 miles down the road. Heads up there is a creek crossing that could be sketchy in a low clearance vehicle.
Will hopefully return very soon!
decent little campground on the beach. convenient access to fern canyon and all the amazing trails and redwoods. cant wait to return.
This is such a cool camp spot. The road is unpaved and has potholes but go slow and you'll be fine. The sites are right next to the beach and the view is to die for. There are many surrounding trails you can hike up the redwoods to. There's a 21 foot limit on the road and campground.
This beautiful campground mixes in both the beach and the forest. The drive down to the beach can be quite bumpy so make sure to have an SUV, but get there early claim a spot right on the beach and enjoy a beer in this hidden gem of a campsite!
This is one of my favorite campgrounds I have ever stayed at. It offers easy access to the Redwoods and great views of the ocean.
The campground is nice and small and all the sites are well spaced out. There are bathrooms with full plumbing and potable water.
Great views for sunset as well!
Gold Bluffs Beach was a respite from the wildfire smoke of summer 2018. 8 miles from the 101, 2 of which is a rough, unpaved road, sets this unique campsite away from the hustle-bustle of the human condition. The constant marine layers and cool winds ensure that only those wishing solitude or a challenging camp environment will visit. The brisk ocean beach is stunning. Nearby Fern Canyon legendary. Campsite facility shockingly has both showers and WiFi - perfect for your adventurer who needs to check on the status of their other life. Oh yes, don’t forget about the elk. 😉
I absolutely loved staying here! I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t closer to the beach, and didn’t have a view of the beach, but it was still awesome, and a very short walk to the water. The campground was almost full when we got there in the late afternoon, but it was spacious and didn’t feel crowded. The fog rolled in pretty quickly that evening, and we woke up to a magical, misty view of the bluffs the next morning! It’s just a couple minute’s drive to the trail that goes to fern canyon!
WONDERFUL hot showers, walk along the beach to Fern Canyon, see elk
Great beach camping, Roosevelt elk wandering around. Giant redwoods
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415 is possibly my favorite campground I have every visited. The sites are spacious, located in the sand dunes just below a large redwood bluff. The sites on the west of the loop also back up to the ocean. There isn't a ton of tree or bush coverage for privacy, but the sites are spaced out far enough that it isn't an issue and the sand dunes offer some privacy if you set up your tent in a hollow. Each site has a picnic table and firepit/grill combo. There is also a bear box for food, and the Rangers are very adamant that all food is to be kept in there, at all times, unless you are eating it. I didn't see any bears, just lots of elk and hawks. There are bathrooms and coin operated showers, as well as drinking water. All the facilities were very clean. It is a long, rough road to get out to the campground, but well worth it. Keep in mind that it is part of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, so while the campground and beach is dog friendly, the hiking trails are not. The beauty of the campground and the surrounding redwoods, as well as Fern Canyon a couple miles past the campground, is amazing. The little town of Orick has a couple places to stock up on supplies, but don't expect to be able to run to a supermarket or REI while you are here. The remote location is part of what makes it such a spectacular place. I could go on and on about it, but I would fall short in describing it, so please check out the pictures below. Recommend it 100% to anyone. One tip though, since it is right on the ocean, it tends to get foggy at night. Put on your tent's rainfly even if it is bright and sunny all day and clear in the evening. Otherwise you will wake up wet.