WRO Staff / Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 3:55 p.m. / Health

Redwood National and State Parks Parking Areas Closed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Photo provided by the NPS.

Redwood National and State Parks press release:

Crescent City, Calif. – Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), in collaboration with a state parks order issued on March 28, 2020, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) and California State Parks (CDPR) are working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, all Redwood National and State Parks parking areas are closed to vehicles. In addition, Davison Road, Howland Hill Road, and the Newton B. Drury Parkway are closed to vehicular traffic. Coastal Drive and Bald Hills Road remain open and accessible. The parks remain open to day-use walkers, hikers and bicyclists. Visitors should be prepared to practice Leave No Trace principles—including pack-in and pack-out—to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. Most facilities are closed, including campgrounds, visitor centers, day use areas, and restrooms.

The National Park Service and California State Parks encourage people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Redwood National and State Parks on our webpage https://www.nps.gov/redw/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm and social media channels TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube. Explore your parks and remotely experience the redwoods through virtual reality tours with a ranger, home learning programs, educational and classroom materials, Google tours of national parks, videos and photo galleries.   We provide live home learning, VR tours, educational videos, and lesson plans so you can remotely experience the redwoods.

During this pandemic, visitors are asked to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.

If you are considering visiting a park during this time, remember that services are extremely limited, please adhere to the following guidance

  • Most importantly, stay home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors.
  • If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.
  • Be prepared to bring your own soap for handwashing or use alcohol-based sanitizers. Restrooms are closed and water may not be available.
  • Be prepared to practice Leave No Trace standards.

We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm and social media channels. Updates and more information about NPS operations be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Updates about California State Parks operations will be posted on https://www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve  Please check these webpages regularly, as they will be updated with new information as it becomes available.


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