Patrick Creek Trail
Elevation: 834 feet (no elevation change)
Difficulty: Easy (wheelchair accessible)
Drive time from Gasquet: 15 minutes
Directions: Travel east 7.5 miles on Hwy 199 from Gasquet to milepost 22.0. Park in the Patrick Creek Picnic Area.
A short universal access paved interpretive trail from Patrick Creek Lodge to Patrick Creek Campground via a route under the bridge. Choose from three different interpretive themes: Stories of the land, The River or Its People. Pick up brochures at the lodge or campground.
Patrick Creek Campground has a special charm, with its steps, rock walls, restrooms, and sunken campfire circle built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of the structures built by the CCC remain. The campground, nestled among tall Douglas firs, Pacific Madrone and Tan oaks is next to the confluence of Patrick Creek and the Middle Fork of the Wild and Scenic Smith River. Patrick Creek Campground has 13 campsites, some barrier free and some overlooking the river. Patrick Creek Picnic Area is a no fee, day-use area only with good river access. The Patrick Creek Trail offers barrier free fishing with wheel chair access right down to the Smith River shore.
The Patrick Creek Lodge and Inn, built in 1926, is across the highway from entrance to campground and offers a cook’s night out.