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Camping at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Gold Bluffs Beach Camp

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General Overview

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park encompasses a breathtaking region in northern California, known for its ancient coast redwood trees. Among the park's offerings is Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, an isolated and scenic area situated along the Pacific coastline, which is accessible by Davison Road, a narrow, unpaved track that can be challenging for larger vehicles.

Camping at Gold Bluffs Beach

Reservations and Availability Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is quite popular, so reservations are recommended, particularly during peak season. Reservations can be made through the California State Parks reservation system, typically starting six months in advance of your intended camping date.

Campsite Features With around 25 campsites available, the campground provides standard facilities like fire pits, picnic tables, bear-proof food lockers, and restrooms with solar-powered showers. It's worth noting that RVs and trailers may have length restrictions due to the road conditions.

Access Getting to the campground involves traveling the unpaved Davison Road, which may be closed after heavy rains due to flooding. Vehicles over 24 feet long or 8 feet wide are prohibited.

Activities and Wildlife

Hiking and Nature Walks Trails in the nearby area take you through the majestic redwoods, to the Fern Canyon, or along the beach. The park is part of a larger network of parks and public lands, including Redwood National Park, providing miles of trails for exploration.

Wildlife You may encounter Roosevelt elk in the area, as well as a variety of bird species. Be cautious and respectful of wildlife; maintain a safe distance at all times.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

Weather The climate can be cool and foggy, especially in the mornings, with more sunny periods in the afternoon. Winds off the Pacific Ocean can be strong and chill.

Best Times to Visit Late summer and early fall typically offer the nicest weather with less fog and more sunshine. However, the campground is beautiful year-round, with each season offering a different experience.

Rules and Regulations

Campfire and Cooking You can have campfires in provided rings, but always check for current fire regulations, as they can change based on conditions.

Food Storage Due to wildlife in the area, particularly bears, proper food storage in provided bear-proof lockers is mandatory.

Pets Pets are allowed at the campground but must be on a leash and are not allowed on the trails.

Leave No Trace Visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, packing out all trash and leaving the campground as they found it.

Conclusion

Camping at Gold Bluffs Beach in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers a unique way to experience the natural beauty of the California coast and redwoods. With its remote location and basic facilities, it's perfect for campers looking for a bit of adventure and solitude. Make sure to plan ahead, reserve your spot, and prepare for an unforgettable camping trip amidst some of the world’s oldest and tallest trees.

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