Redwood National Park: Prairie Creek

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Redwood National and State Parks➤

Redwood National and State Parks protect the world’s tallest trees. The park is unique in that it is a spread out confederation of state and national lands along the Northern California coast. The National Park Service, along with California’s Sate Park System, administer the sites together.

The 139,000 acre complex preserves prairies, rivers and coastline as well as the ancient redwood groves. While we visited Redwood National Park, we had the chance to see several of the different areas of the park.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park➤

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park formed in the early 1920s from land donations to the Save the Redwoods League. The park’s scenic drive is named for Newton B Drury who was the executive secretary for the Redwoods League for 58 years. The League played an important role in saving the redwoods from the timber industry and the creation of the National Park. Their work continues today.

Meadows line the Drury Parkway. Prairie Creek runs along the Western edge, giving way to the Redwood Forests. A herd of Roosevelt Elk live here.

We began at the visitor center and got our bearings for our hike. We walked the Prairie Creek trail for about a mile, out and back. This is a level, wide trail with many big trees. Rustic bridges carry foot traffic back and forth over the creek. There is a cut out in a fallen tree to walk through.

For a longer hike, you could loop back on a different trail. There weren’t many other hikers that day and we enjoyed having the beautiful park to ourselves.

Redwood Posts➤

Location: 127011 Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Orick, CA 95555
Designation: State and National Park
Date designated/established: 1925
Date of my visit: August 20, 2016