Redwood National and State Parks
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- 74%Adventure Travelers
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- Redwood National and State ParksMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersApr 17, 2014
So many visits to this collection of NorCal parks over the years, and I'm still nowhere near done exploring. Many of the tallest trees on Earth have their roots sunk deep in the dirt here, breathing in the cool coastal fog and giving life to emerald mosses, calling forests birds, and a lot more wildlife. Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a quick mile-long loop hike that even smaller kids will enjoy, with its interesting self-guided tour stops. Stop at the coastal visitor center off Hwy 101 early in the day to pick up a permit and get directions for visiting the primeval Tall Trees Grove.Recommended for:
- Redwood National and State ParksApr 17, 2014
The Redwood National State Park is a gorgeous, awe-inspiring place near the border of Oregon. The trees are enormous in both width and height--there are even a couple you can drive through. Be sure to wear layers--it can get pretty cool and damp, especially on a foggy day--and if you have a wide angle camera lens, be sure to bring it too!Recommended for:
- Redwood National and State ParksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 15, 2013
The trees here are big, tallest-trees-in-the-world big. George Lucas shot the Endor scenes from Return of the Jedi here. Julia Butterfly Hill camped out for over a year in a redwood not far away. Plus, the scenery along the entire North Coast (the redwoods start about 4 1/2 hours north of San Francisco on Highway 1) make the trip well worth the drive.Recommended for:
- Redwood National and State ParksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Apr 06, 2013
The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) consists of Redwood National Park (established 1968) and California's Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s). The combined RNSP contains over 133,000 acres and protects a whopping 45% of all remaining coast redwood old-growth forests. These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth. In addition to the redwood forests, these parks preserve other indigenous flora, fauna, grassland prairie, cultural resources, portions of rivers and other streams, and 37 miles of pristine coastline. However, considering the underground "agricultural" activities that this part of Northern California is famous, I would personally stick to well traveled sections of the Parks.
This Crescent City Information Center is a good place to start. The rangers are helpful and provide good advice, how to proceed, and otherwise maximize the "Wow" factor for this wonderful stretch of God's Green Earth.
And...... did you know that the "Forest Moon of Endor" scenes for Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) were filmed in the Tall Trees Redwood Grove?
- Redwood National and State ParksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesSep 11, 2012
The Redwood forests are amazing, and even though I lived in one for five years (even had a big redwood in my front yard), I never got tired of them. If you've seen Return of the Jedi, you've seen the forests around Crescent City. They used the area to film the forest moon of Endor.
There's plenty of great hiking and mountain biking, and some of these forests go right up to the beach.
- Redwood National and State ParksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Aug 11, 2012
1/2 way point...very scenic road trip from San Diego to Seattle. Take your time on the drive or hop aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight, there's a whole lot to see and it's all worth it!!!
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- Redwood National and State ParksJul 04, 2012
One of the few strong partnerships between CA state and US national parks lie here in this great forest. One might say the redwood park is protected by the feds, but the best trees are protected by the state. Don't miss the Newton B. Drury Scenic Byway that courses through the best of the state and national park partnership.