Description: It is amazing that, just a stone’s throw from Arcata Redwood Company’s Mill B, these old-growth redwood groves would survive. Much of the credit must go to the efforts of the Save the Redwoods League. A number of the leaders and benefactors are memorialized on the plaques on this walk. This trail passes 10-foot Trillium Falls and spends more time in the forest before gradually dropping back toward the wetlands along Prairie Creek. These wetlands are one of the most dependable locations for viewing Roosevelt elk. As interpretative displays in the Elk Meadow Day Use Area illustrate, from 1948 until restoration in the 1990s this was the location of Arcata Redwood Company’s Mill B and its massive 8-acre asphalt-covered log deck.
Getting there: Proceed north on US 101 44.8 miles to the Davison Road exit. Turn left on Davison Road and proceed for a quarter mile to the Elk Meadows Day Use Area. Ample parking is available at the trailhead. This option places you near the middle of the Davison Trail that links Elk Prairie and the State Park Visitor Center to the Lost Man Creek Picnic Area, a distance of almost 6 miles. Approximate driving time, 50 minutes.
Read about the hike from the National Park Service