Virtual Guidebook to the Redwood National and State Parks
Prairie Creek and the Newton Drury Parkway
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park California


Prairie Creek was the first of the northern redwood state parks to be created and is considered one of the gems of the system. We owe this incredible park to the efforts of the Save the Redwoods League and its many donors. Newton Drury was executive director of the League and later Director of the National Park Service.

One of the world's most magnificent forests is found along the Newton Drury Parkway (old Highway 101). This used to be the only road connecting the Klamath area to Eureka and suffered from heavy truck traffic. It was hard to enjoy the forest scene when being tailgated by huge logging trucks, and even if you pulled over the forest echoed with traffic noise. When 101 was relocated. at great expense, to the hilltops east of the park a blessed calm descended over the primeval forest.



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Bridge across Prairie Creek near the Giant Tree

(June 25, 2010)


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A relatively open area in the dense redwood forest along Prairie Creek

(June 25, 2010)


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Redwoods and bigleaf maples along the Prairie Creek Trail

(June 25, 2010)


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The Newton Drury Parkway at the Soroptimist Grove

(June 20, 2004)


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Prairie Creek in the Irvine Grove

(June 20, 2004)


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