Service Decreased at 8 State Redwood Parks

Service was reduced at Samuel P. Taylor State Park because of state budget cuts.
Service was reduced at Samuel P. Taylor State Park because of state budget cuts.

Service reductions at eight California state redwood parks are in effect because of the state’s budget crisis, but service at dozens of other redwood parks remains unchanged. Service is subject to change; check each park’s webpage for details.

Many of the most popular and iconic redwood parks remain open, from Jedediah Smith in the north, to Julia Pfeiffer Burns in the south and Calaveras in the Sierra Nevada.

At the League, we are determining how we can best be part of a solution. You can help protect redwoods by visiting redwood parks and donating to the League.

To advocate for the parks, visit, run by our partner, California State Parks Foundation.

Service Reductions as of September 6, 2011.

Austin Creek State Recreation Area

The following facilities are closed:

  • Bull Frog Pond Campground
  • Tom King/Mannings Flat I and II Backcountry Campsites
  • Parking above county road gate

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Mid-week campgrounds housekeeping has been reduced.

Jack London State Historic Park
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
Day-use restrooms are closed.

Salt Point State Park
The following facilities are closed:

  • Fisk Mill day-use area
  • Stump Beach day-use area
  • Gerstle Cove day-use restrooms

Woodside Campground will be closed as of October 1, 2011. Reservations are accepted April 1-September 30.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park (pictured)

  • The park is open daily for day-use activities 8 a.m. to sunset.
  • Family campsites 1-61 will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Park management reserves the right to occasionally close certain loops to camping depending on operational needs and visitation demand.
  • Redwood Grove group picnic area is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All group campsites at Devil’s Gulch and Madrone are closed.
  • Irving group picnic area will remain closed.
  • Trail Work: Portions of the Cross Marin Trail, from Redwood Grove Picnic Area to Shafter Bridge, will be under construction through October 2011. Work is expected to take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The trail will be closed to public access during these hours and will reopen for use by hikers, bikers and equestrians after 3:30 p.m. weekdays. The trail will remain open as normal on Saturdays and Sundays. This construction should not have any effect on campers or motorists along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

Sonoma Coast State Park
The following facilities are closed:

  • Bodega Head east day-use
  • Campbell Cove day-use
  • Pomo Campground
  • Russian Gulch day-use
  • Vista Point day-use
  • Willow Creek E Camp

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
Redwood campground will remain closed until July 2012.

Work Continues on Parks Closures Solution


As we reported in an e-mail to you last month, Save the Redwoods League is very concerned about proposal to close 70 California State Parks, including 16 redwood parks, by July 1, 2012, because of state budget cuts. We believe that closing parks is a short-sighted response to the current fiscal crisis. Not only do parks provide low-cost recreation for millions of visitors, they also are an important source of revenue for local communities and the state, and they are critical for our health. Learn more about our strategy.

Next Steps for Redwoods as Parks Closures Loom


As you may know, more than a dozen redwood state parks are to close this summer because of devastating government budget cuts. Most of these extraordinary places were protected with the support of generations of Save the Redwoods League members. We are working on ways to continue to secure these forests. Recently, our Executive Director testified before state lawmakers about the crisis.

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