This unique ecosystem, home to the world’s tallest trees, offers not only a journey back in time but also a wide range of activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
According to an article by TREKKN, the iconic Coast Redwoods, towering over 300 feet tall and living for thousands of years, are the main attraction of the park.
These giants belong to one of the three distinct redwood species: Dawn Redwood, Giant Sequoia, and Coast Redwood.
The Redwood National and State Park is home to the Coast Redwoods, the tallest trees in the world. Visitors can get up close and personal with these giants by hiking the Tall Trees Grove Trail or taking a scenic drive through the Avenue of Giants at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
For RV travelers, the Redwood parks offer several campgrounds, including the Jedediah Smith Campground, Mill Creek Campground, and Elk Prairie Campground. Reservations can be made in advance at www.reservecalifornia.com.
For those with RVs longer than 28 feet or preferring closer amenities, the Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City offers eight pull-through spots with a max stay of two nights.
Exploring the Redwood National Park is best done through morning hikes. Top hikes include the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail, Tall Trees Grove Trail, Clintonia Falls loop hike, and the Coastal Trail from Gold Bluffs Beach to Fern Canyon.
The parks are also home to a resident population of Roosevelt Elk, many bird species, and the gray whale migration, which occurs twice a year.
The dense forest of the Redwood National Park is uniquely situated alongside miles of breathtaking coastline. Visitors can watch waves crashing against rocky cliffs at Crescent Beach Overlook, enjoy a picnic at Golf Bluffs Beach, or spot the gray whale migration from the Coastal Drive.
For cycling enthusiasts, the park permits bicycles on all public roadways and offers six permitted biking trails totaling 50 miles.
Bicycle rentals and guided tours are available through the park services. E-bikes are allowed on hiking and biking trails within the National Park boundary but are not allowed in California State Parks.
Lastly, a kayaking adventure on the Smith River, the longest free-flowing river system in California, offers a unique perspective of the park. Ranger-led kayak tours teach about the river’s geology and its impact on the redwoods’ growth.
Tours begin at noon daily and typically last about three hours. Be sure to check the NPS website for tour availability as they can be suspended due to water levels. Visiting the Redwood National and State Parks requires careful planning, especially for RV travelers.
The narrow, winding roads and vehicle restrictions make it essential to tow a smaller vehicle for optimal exploration.
As the world faces the challenges of climate change and deforestation, the Redwood National and State Parks stand as a symbol of nature’s resilience and the importance of preserving our natural heritage.
So, as you plan your trip to this magical land of giants, remember to leave no trace and respect the ancient trees that have stood the test of time.