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Redwood National and State Parks, CA, offer four developed campgrounds for visitors wanting to camp within the parks: Elk Prairie, Jedediah Smith, Gold Bluffs Beach, and Mill Creek. A campground guide is available the park's website to help visitors decide which campground is best for them. Reservations are required for camping and can be done through the California State Park system.
The Elk Prairie Campground offers access to more than seventy miles of biking and hiking trails, cabins, and seasonal ranger-led programs. Campers here can also enjoy the sight of grazing black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk in Elk Prairie, as well as ancient coast redwoods. Located in the magnificent grove of old-growth redwoods, the Jedediah Smith Campground provides cabins, fishing, swimming, seasonal campfire programs, and hiking trails.
The Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is situated along the Pacific coastline, providing a secluded section of the beach, as well as seventy miles of biking and hiking trails. Visitors can also see Fern Canyon and grazing Roosevelt elk. Towering maples, young coast redwoods, and adlers shelter the Mill Creek Campground. The campground offers several hiking trails, seasonal ranger-led programs, and access to Mill Creek.
Visitors wanting to hike or camp in backcountry must get a permit in person from either the Kuchel or Hiouchi Visitor Center up to twenty-four hours in advance. Backcountry hiking and camping provides the opportunity to get away from everything and for hikers to have the trail to themselves. The Redwood National and State Parks contain eight backcountry campsites and over 200 miles of outstanding backcountry trails. The backcountry of the park can be explored by horseback, bicycle, or on foot, and features a broad array of natural habitats, including oak woodlands, redwood forests, prairies, marshes, streams, and pristine beaches. A variety of helpful backcountry resources can be found on the park's website, such as the Backcountry Trip Planner, mileage chart, and park map.
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