Tolowa Dunes State Park – North Section in Crescent City, California
Tolowa Dunes State Park has two separate sections that are north and south of Lake Earl Wilderness Area near Crescent City. The northern section starts at Lake Tolowa and continues north to the Smith River mouth. The easiest way to access Tolowa Dunes North is via Kellogg Beach Access. Kellogg Beach has a free parking lot and a road that leads right onto the shoreline. From there you can drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle on the wave slope north into Tolowa Dunes State Park (vehicles are not allowed south of the access). The river mouth is 5 miles away, but access to the riverbank is just over the dunes at about 3.5 miles from Kellogg Access.
To get to Kellogg Access from Highway 101, take Kings Valley Road west to Lower Lake Road, go right, then left onto Kellogg Road and drive to the end.
Alternatively you can continue on Lower Lake Road then head west on Pala Road for the northernmost state park access point near Smith River. To reach the beach from the Pala Road parking area it is a 1.5 mile walk on roads and trails (see our map). This area is mostly known for fishing and bird-watching. The southern section of Tolowa Dunes State Park can be found at the end of Old Mill Road. More information for visiting these remote beaches and state parks is available at the main park office located at 1111 Second Street in Crescent City.
Crescent City, CA 95531
- Park Name
- Tolowa Dunes State Park
- State Park
- Beach Driving, Birdwatching, Beachcombing, Fishing, Hiking
- Trails, Driftwood, Agates, No Facilities
- Pet Policy
- Dogs allowed on leash on the waveslope up to the high tide mark
- Free parking