Modified Operations To Implement Latest Health Guidelines
Jessica Cejnar / Wednesday, March 18 @ 11:44 a.m. / Emergencies, Health, Parks
RNSP Trails Open During COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Though its ranger programs and events have been canceled and its facilities and campgrounds are closed, people can still hike Redwood National and State Parks' trails.
From an RNSP website:
March 18, 2020.
Redwood National and State Parks remains open to visitors with the exceptions to some facilities as listed below. This park's campgrounds (all are run by California State Parks) will be temporarily closed by March 19.
Updates will be posted to this Redwood National and State Parks website and to our social media channels. If you have any additional questions about the status of park facilities, operations or programs you can call the park information line at: (707) 464-6101.
The health and safety of staff and visitors in our park's facilities is our number one priority. We are working with the NPS Office of Public Health, California State Parks safety officials, and the US Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In the meantime, we continue to remind our visitors to follow the US Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.
Visitors may continue to enjoy over a hundred miles trails and open space throughout our 130,000 acre partnership of redwood parks. Even with some facilities being temporarily closed, there are plenty of things to do in the redwoods.
At this stage however, we will not be able to issue any backcountry permits, nor will we be issuing any "Tall Trees Trail" permits.
We recommend that people who rely on visitor centers for park information and trip planning ideas to download and read the parks' official visitor guide. This publication has been designed to answer most of the questions people ask on arrival at any Redwood National and State Parks visitor center. There is limited cell service and data coverage in our area, so please keep that in mind if you rely on websites for trip planning information once you arrive here.
The NPS Public Health Update page will provide information and how the National Park Service is responding to COVID-19. You can read the March 17th NPS News Release about how the NPS is modifying operations across the country.
Facility Closures as of March 17th
- Prairie Creek Visitor Center closed until at least April 15th.
- Kuchel Visitor Center closed until further notice.
- Hiouchi Visitor Center closed until further notice.
- Crescent City Information Center closed until further notice.
- Freshwater Beach Day Use restrooms closed until further notice.
- Lagoon Creek Day Use restrooms closed until futher notice.
All ranger-led programs cancelled until further notice.
March 21st: "Redwood Wild River Run" at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. CA State Parks will be working with the coordinators to reschedule the event for a later date.
March 28th: "Blackberry Bash and Native Planting" at Redwood National Park.