“more than just tall trees”
Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all people. The Columbia Lily, also known as Tiger Lily, colors the road sides and forest edges with brilliant yellow-orange blossoms from May through August. The stem is two to three feet tall and has several whorls of long, narrow leaves.
Walking through a redwood grove on a fog-shrouded morning can be an unforgettable experience. Sounds are reduced to the musical gurgle of water trickling amongst ferns and mossy rocks. Light ebbs with the somber mist and shafts of sun hang like cobwebs. Stillness and peace weave their spells upon the respectful traveler. More than 200 miles of trails weave through a variety of environments, including prairies, old-growth redwood forests, and beaches. In this section, we list all the hikes RNSP has to offer on three web pages. Be sure to pick up a map at the visitor center and chat with the rangers.
Elevations at RNSP range from sea level to just over 3,000 feet (1,000 m). Consistently mild temperatures make year-round exploration a possibility. Be aware that trails in the redwoods are often wet and slippery, so bring raingear and good boots for your hike. In winter, the Redwood Creek and Trestle Trails may be difficult or impossible to use. Temporary bridges open these trails in summer but are removed for the rainy season. Fern Canyon bridges are removed as well. You can hike the ¼-mile canyon but it will be a chilly experience; bring water shoes. Access to Stout Grove from Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park campground exists only in the summer via seasonal bridges. Go explore!
Numerous historic structures have been documented within RNSP. These structures range from the Old Redwood Highway (running north and south of the Klamath River), to structures such as ranching features and barns. Some structures are part of the larger cultural landscape. Segments of the Old Redwood Highway and Radar Station B-71, a World War II radar station disguised as a barn, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Redwood National Park: The Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery, located off Highway 101 near Orick, was one of the first small local hatcheries developed to improve sport and commercial fishing in the area. The hatchery, constructed in 1936, is one of only three remaining hatcheries that were built in California from 1871 to 1946. The hatchery is on the National Register of Historic Places. Six sites in the Bald Hills near Redwood Creek are associated with late 19th century cattle and sheep ranching. The Lyons' Ranches Rural Historic District includes eight structures dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each structure has been stabilized, and some of the structures are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. East of Crescent City in the Little Bald Hills is Murphy’s Ranch and outlying barn site, which dates circa 1884 to the 1920s. The ranch was established along the historic Kelsey Trail, a pack route linking Crescent City with the Salmon and Trinity gold mines. A remnant of the Trinidad Trail joins the Tall Trees Grove Trail. The trail connected coastal supply centers with early gold mining sites, and was later adopted by homesteaders in the Bald Hills. Several sites associated with the Union Gold Bluffs Placer Mine, which was in operation from 1872 to 1901, have been identified in the Gold Bluffs Beach area. Radar Station B-71, which sits atop an ocean bluff south of Klamath, is a rare example of a World War II early warning radar station. The site consists of two structures and other military features, including radar antennas and two machine gun emplacements. Lastly, scenes from the Star Wars movie series were filmed within the park.
Driving in you'll be taken aback by how massive the trees are. Some are more than 1000 years old and you can certainly tell by looking at them. Tons of hiking available and most of it isn't very difficult. If you're a camper you can stay in the park or at one of the surrounding campsites for a low price.Heck you can spend hours just running back and forth making speederbike noises with your mouth and pretending to fight Ewoks.
There is literally nothing like the Redwoods. Totally worth an early morning hike. TAKE the tour-- they have so much wonderful information and Redwoods are a super unique breed of tree. I learned a lot!
These trees remind me that I am insignificant in the face of time and nature.
The view is breathtaking, making it hard to find words to best describe.
If you get to the park late and the drive through tree is closed you can put money in a mailbox so you can still drive through.
Be sure to drive through the Avenue of the Giants.
Also, the 2 mile walk to the Ladybird Johnson area is so serene and so relaxing. Highly recommended.
More than just ridiculously tall trees, this park is located on the coastline and has some amazing views. There are also quite a few camping options and I would recommend taking advantage of them!
Hyperion tree is one of the world’s tallest trees. It’s so incredible that its exact location is hidden. But, for those adventurous types out there…it’s located somewhere in California’s Redwood National Park. This northern California wooded paradise includes Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. All this beauty tucked away in just two counties, Del Norte and Humboldt, which have, like, a monopoly on awesome. Within these two counties there are 133,000 acres of old-growth forests, prairie lands, bubbling creeks, and 37 miles of unbelievably pristine coastline. If all that’s not reason enough to visit there’s always the ewoks and velociraptors. Redwood National Park was used a filming location for both Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi and Lost World: Jurassic Park.
$35/ Night at the Jedidiah Campgrounds
I was so impressed with the older trees. They were bigger around than my car. Super cool! Definitely a bucket list visit!
Make sure to visit the drive-thru sequoia! And don't worry...it fell down from natural causes :)
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