Gold Bluffs Beach & Campground

A herd of Roosevelt elk is often seen in a meadow near the campground en-route to Fern Canyon.

This campground lies in the dunes along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of golden beach in northwestern California. As part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, it is located six miles off Hwy 101 at the end of unpaved, Davison Rd. So, you may find yourselves just about the only people around, and for those who want to experience the joys of nature, you've come to the right place. 

  • All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Sites: 24 RV and tents, trailers prohibited, RV length up to 24 feet and 8 feet wide. There are no RV hookups.
  • For more info call 707.488.2171 or  Kutchel Visitor Center 707.465.7765
Amenities include:
  • Access to over 70 miles of trails & Fern Canyon.
  • Solar showers, restrooms, fire pits, picnic tables
  • Bear proof lockers
  • Hiker/bike in site
  • Ranger-led walks, junior ranger and evening campfire programs Memorial Day - Labor Day.
  • Accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations - stop at visitor center for trail maps.
  • A "beach" wheel chair is available for Gold Bluffs beach, call 707 465-7346.
  • While dogs are not allowed on any park trails, they are allowed at this campground and the adjoining beach. However, they must be leashed and attended at all times. Please clean up after your pets.
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center- just off US Hwy 101, along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway 707-488-2039.

  • Arrive between noon and 2 p.m. for your best shot at a site.
  • Registration and fee payment are required at the kiosk. 
  • The best weather is usually in fall and spring. Summers are often foggy and cool, while winters can be rainy.
  • Never approach Roosevelt elk or other wild animals. Observe them quietly from a distance.
Farther up Gold Bluffs Beach is an easy 3/4-mile, 20-minute trail that loops through a steep, 50-foot-high canyon with walls covered by lush ferns. You might need waterproof footwear for the Fern Canyon Trail, which can be quite wet after a rain.
Directions:  About three miles north of Orick, exit 101 onto (gravel) Davison Road, which leads west eight miles to the campground.
Follow through Elk Meadow and onto dirt road Cars & RV's okay, (motorhomes and trailers are not allowed on this road). Follow this spectacular scenic drive for eight miles until you reach Gold Bluffs Beach


  • More Info: 707-488-2171 (Prairie Creek Redwoods Kiosk)
  • Campground open April 1 - mid Sept First come first served $35
  • Dogs on leash okay at campground and beach