Want to Hike or Bike Newton B. Drury Parkway Without Those Pesky Motorized Vehicles?

This is a press release from Redwood National and State Parks:

Orick, CA – Beginning this Saturday, October 7, and continuing on the first Saturday of the month through May 2018, Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) will again be closing the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park to all motorized vehicles. The parkway will close Friday night at 5 p.m. and re-open Sunday morning. During the closures, access to the Elk Prairie Campground and Visitor Center will remain open. Closing the 10-mile through route to motorized vehicles provides an opportunity for park visitors to safely experience the parkway without the noise and sounds of cars and trucks. Come explore by foot, bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades or any other non-motorized vehicle. Dogs-on-leash are also welcome on the parkway, although prohibited on park trails for the safety of pets and wildlife.

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is located off of and parallels Highway 101 six miles north of Orick, CA, and four miles south of Klamath, CA. Parking is available in along the southern parkway in designated spaces parallel to the roadway and also adjacent to Elk Prairie on the road to the campground.

The parkway has something for everyone—from families with young children looking for a safe and easy ride, to those looking for a more physically-challenging route. Much of the southern end of the parkway is relatively flat, while the hills of the northern portion require more energy. However, all efforts are rewarded by a long, smooth downhill glide all the way back to the prairie. In addition, although the parkway is closed, many of the trails for both short and long hikes begin within a short walk from the parking areas.

Mark your calendar and make the first Saturday of October through May your regular date for a fun adventure in the redwoods.

For more information about the first Saturday parkway closures or other ways to enjoy your parks, call the Redwood National and State Parks Information Office at (707) 465-7335, or stop by a Redwood National and State Parks visitor center. Information is also available on the Redwood National and State Parks website at:  www.nps.gov/redw



  • I think this is a great idea. Imagine a time before automobiles and cell phones.

  • As a senior who can only drive this beautiful hiway I feel deprived of a favorite roadway during such closures. My DMV fees and gas tax pay for this road. Not bicycles.

    • Dude it’s one day per month..


      7 times PER YEAR.

    • You must be bored Randy. Isn’t there something else you can complain about? Look, there is a kid in your yard.

    • I really hope you are not serious. Dear lord, one day to let people experience the Redwoods without noise, and you have a problem? You might want to move to a large city. I dont think you ‘get it’.

  • Like most headlines that ask a question… No.

    • Jeezzz. We have NO ohv parks or areas in humboldt besides Somoa. They took away black sands beach area years ago because of “environmental ” impact….a beach that gets washed over twice a year anyways by Mother Nature. Its sand people! These ideas only make it easier for county, state, and national parks to put in as little money as possible. Whatever. My 2 cents

      • I’d wholeheartedly support a law mandating that the various park services allot a minimum of, say, 5% of land with off-road access allowed, and, say, 1% with unrestricted cross-country travel. A rather substantial portion of the population enjoys motorized recreation (and for some of us, it’s the only option), but the whiney “won’t someone PLEASE think of the grains of sand!” types squeak the loudest…

  • When it starts raining >>> empty park.
    Might be what the ‘management’ wants tho.

  • yeah! thank u!!

  • As another senior who, like Randy, can not enjoy the park except with the assistance of some sort of (quiet) motorized vehicle, I am sorely disappointed by this. I use a battery driven scooter – the type one finds in Safeway, Target, Costco and many other large stores. My family and I were hoping to visit the place where we spent parts of our honeymoon, 50 years ago, but now find it closed to us. Maybe my husband can walk it alone and take pictures for me. Not the same, but beggars can’t be choosers.

    • Unless you are unable to go the other 30 days of the month, you should be able to enjoy this just fine. The only time this occurs is the first Saturday of the month through May 2018.

  • I look forward to this. Love the bike ride. It’s only one day a month, in the off season. No idea why anyone would consider this negative at all. I would love to see this in the summer too. Thank you for the day!

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