Gold Bluffs Beach Campground Reopens at California’s Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Sunday, April 01 2012 16:20   Camping
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in northern California is again open for overnight camping.

The seasonal campground, located along the coast roughly 325 miles north of San Francisco, opened on April 1, 2012, and should close for the season in mid-September.

gold_bluffs_beachNestled in the dunes along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of wild beach, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is a great choice for both those seeking a fun-filled family vacation and the peace of solitude and dazzling sunsets.

It is also a starting off point for lots of recreational opportunities, whether strolling the beach, fishing, or watching wildlife (elk and grey whales are commonly seen.)

Swimming, however, is not an option due to dangerous currents and cold, rough seas, park rangers advise. Instead, visitors should head up to Fern Canyon, located a short distance north of the campground. Its fame for beauty is well-earned, but be aware that you'll be doing some wading when exploring the canyon this time of year.

To reach the campground turn west off of U.S. 101 onto Davison Road, about 10 miles north of Orick, California. Follow Davison Road six miles to the beach and north to the campground. Rangers said Davison Road is unpaved and may not be suitable for all vehicles, particularly in poor weather.

The campground includes 29 tent sites or 25 RV sites for RVs up to 24 feet in length and 8 feet width; trailers are prohibited. There are no RV hookups. Campsites are $35 per night and available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Each campsite holds a maximum of eight people and two vehicles, with an additional $8 fee per extra vehicle. Amenities include restrooms, wind shelters, picnic tables, food lockers, firewood and solar showers.

Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. All dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times and are not allowed on trails.

From April 1-12, campers must self-register in the campground; beginning April 12, register at Gold Bluffs Beach entrance kiosk.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park were created by the State of California in the 1920s to protect some of the finest remaining examples of coast redwoods.

Congress protected lands adjacent to the three California state parks in 1968 with the creation of Redwood National Park. In 1994, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service agreed to jointly manage the four-park area for maximum resource protection.

Today, visitors to RNSP will find not only old-growth redwood groves but open prairie lands, two major rivers, and 37 miles (60 km) of pristine California coastline.

For up-to-date information on all roads, trails, and campgrounds within Redwood National and State Parks, call (707) 465-7335, or visit the parks' website at .


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