Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located in Humboldt County, California and protects old-growth Coast Redwood trees. Many of the redwoods reach over 300 feet high and the third largest Coast Redwood, named Iluvatar, is located in the park's Atlas Grove. The forest within the park is also comprised of Coast Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. In addition to the redwood forest, the park also contains Gold Bluffs Beach which represents 10 miles of scenic coastline on the Pacific Ocean.
Hiking is a great family activity at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. There are 75 miles of trails that range from easy to difficult. Family-friendly trails include Ah Pah Interpretive Trail (0.4 miles), Big Tree Trail (2 miles), Brown Creek Trail (1.2 miles), Campfire Center Trail (0.7 miles), Coastal Trail (11.4 miles), Elk Prairie Trail (1.3 miles), Fern Canyon Loop, Five Minute Trail (0.1 miles), James Irvine Trail (4.5 miles), Little Creek Trail (1 mile), Moormon Pond Trail (0.3 miles), Nature Trail (0.3 miles), Prairie Creek Trail (4.3 miles), Revelation Trail (0.3 miles) and Streelow Creek Trail (2.1 miles).
Families can also enjoy camping within the park. Elk Prairie Campground provides 75 campsites, restrooms and showers. Gold Bluffs Beach Campground has 26 tent/RV campsites, but does not provide hookups or sanitation stations. Bears are common within the park and campers should put all food in a bear box.