“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.
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.
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.
The view is breathtaking, making it hard to find words to best describe.
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!
$35/ Night at the Jedidiah Campgrounds
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.
We did this a few months ago it truly is amazing, we went to the trees of mystery and they have a gondola that takes you above the treetops it was so much fun!
I was so impressed with the older trees. They were bigger around than my car. Super cool! Definitely a bucket list visit!
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Redwood National and State Parks
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Good for bird watching, cycling, and 5 more activities.
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