About the Area 2017-12-20T03:09:50+00:00


The Elk Meadow Cabins are conveniently located in the heart of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek State Park, North Coast beaches, and just a few minutes from world-famous Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

The cabins are on seven acres at the southern end of a 40-acre parcel of land north of Orick, California. Situated within Redwood National and State Park, the boundaries of Redwood Adventures Vacation Village border:

  • Elk Meadow in Redwood National State Park on the south
  • Prairie Creek on the west
  • California State Highway 101 on the east

The six 1,200 square foot cabins within the Vacation Village were originally built to house sawmill workers, but have been extensively remodeled to serve as your home away from home in the Redwoods.


1) Hug the World’s Largest Trees

We are located in Redwood National Park the home of the world’s tallest tree, measured at 379.1 ft. There are many trails to explore in Redwood National and State Park suitable for all ages and abilities. Many of the trails are walking distance or a 5-10 minute drive from the cabins.

A few of the best places to hike are:

  • Prairie Creek State Park — Home of the famous Atlas Tree, featured on the October 2009 cover of National Geographic.
  • Tall Trees Grove — Was the home of the world’s tallest tree (367.8 ft) until the top blew off in 1989.  The Tall trees Grove is located in the Redwood Creek watershed, home of three of the four tallest trees in the world.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove — The Redwood National Park dedication grove. Where President Nixon, Governor Reagan, President Johnson and Lady Bird gathered for the National Park dedication ceremony on August 27, 1969.
  • Lost Man Creek — a dedicated World Heritage spot, just a short walk from the cabins.

Also be sure to check out our own Redwood Adventures’ guided hiking tours!

2) Go Ride a Bike

Leave the car in the driveway. We are located at the trail head of three Mt. Bike trails: Lost Man Creek, Davison Trail and Streelow Creek trail. These maintained trails take you into old-growth forests, scenic prairies and to beautiful north coast beaches.  Trail difficulty ranges from beginner to intermediate. Trail maps are available at the store.

Redwood Adventures also has bike tours and rentals!

3) Get Sand Between Your Toes

Build a sandcastle, fish, hunt for agate rocks, explore tide pools, look for whales, or just lay back and relax.  We are located just a few miles away to the many uncrowded and unique black sand beaches found here on the north coast.

4) Explore Fern Canyon

We are located just 100yds north of the road to Fern Canyon where you can hike bike or drive to this must see natural phenomena.  Fern Canyon was formed millions of years ago by a retreating sea that left the steep canyon walls now covered by 10 different fern species. Fern Canyon was used in the movie Jurassic Park, Lost World and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

5) Have Breakfast with the Elk

Watch from your cabin window or stroll out to the meadow with a cup of coffee to see the majestic Roosevelt elk.  We are located at Elk Meadow, home of one of the three elk herds in Redwood National Park.  These elk can be found frequently on the grounds or just a short walk away.  All ways at the top of our visitor’s trip highlights.


Between the majestic coastline and the prehistoric trees lay the little-known treasures of Humboldt County.

Along the Lost Coast you can observe the sea lions and tide pools that have made their home among the springtime wildflowers and wave-worn boulders.  Fish from the jetties, piers, boats and rivers for salmon, crab, and rockfish.  The salmon average 8 to 20 lbs but have been known to grow up to 60lbs.

If retail therapy is your way to unwind, visit one of the many charming towns nestled amongst the trees.  Ferndale, Eureka and Arcata all bring their own charm to the eclectic one-of-a-kind communities that make up Humboldt County.

And be sure to be here when the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady of Washington sail into town and port in Eureka in April. Although these towering pirate ships are just replicas, the Lady of Washington was authentic enough to be featured in Pirates of the Caribbean.


  • Redwood Visitor’s Guide  —  Developed by the Humboldt County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Highly recommended.
  • 101 Things To Do  —  The name must refer to our highway, because there is always more than 101 things to do in our area.  Take a look at this online magazine of events.


There are many great places to dine, both in the close vicinity as well as many exciting dining adventures only a short drive away. Some of the popular local restaurants include:


There are fun things to do year-round, not only in Orick, but throughout Humboldt County. During the summer there is the Orick Rodeo, a family-friendly rodeo with events for kids!  Plus, we have lots of great dining options too.

Local Art Events


We are conveniently located in the heart of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek State Park, North Coast beaches, and just a few minutes from world-famous Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Here are links to just a few of the nearby popular parks:


Horseback Riding

Kayaking at Stone Lagoon

Trees of Mystery  —  One of the most popular local attractions is very nearby.  Many astounding, apparent contradictions of the laws of nature await you.

The Arcata Marsh & Interpretive Center  —  A world-renown location for bird-enthusiasts. You can’t miss this amazing stop on the Northwest Flyway.

Interested in a guided fishing adventure, ocean kayaking, or other activities? Just let us know what you are hoping to experience and we can help connect you with the right outfitters to fulfill your desires!


We have a number of exciting thriving communities very near to our cabins, each a pleasant day-trip away and filled with memories to last a lifetime…