Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. They can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. Spruce, hemlock, Douglas-fir, berry bushes, and sword ferns create a multiple canopied understory that towers over all visitors. The parks' mosaic of habitats include prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Cultural landscapes reflect American Indian history. The more recent logging history has led to much restoration of these parks.
Three California state parks and the National Park Service unit represent a cooperative management effort of the National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation. They are Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park, comprising 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California. Together these parks are a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, protecting resources cherished by citizens of many nations.
Basic Information on Redwood National
Operating Hours, Seasons
Redwood is accessible year round. In the summer, redwoods along coastal roads and trails stand amidst life-giving fog. Travel a few miles inland to find sunshine. The winter brings much needed rain and occasional sunshine. The rain varies from torrential downpours to a light mist.
Heavy rains can lead to road closures; check at a visitor center to find out the estimated open date.
How to Get to Redwoods National Park
Nearest Airport to Redwoods National Park - Crescent
City Airport, and Eureka Airport are serviced by small commuter aircraft
How to Drive to Redwood National Park - Redwood National
and State Parks are along US Highways 101 and 199. From 101, access additional
park sites via the Bald Hills Road, Davison Road, Newton B. Drury Scenic
Parkway, Coastal Drive, Requa Road, and Enderts Beach Road (south to north).
From 199, take South Fork Road to Howland Hill Road.
Weather & Climate
Rain... Temperatures range from 40-60 degrees year round along the redwood coastline. Redwoods rely on the fog that envelops the coast in the summer. Summers are mild with warmer temperatures inland. Winters are cool with considerable precipitation.
The Visitor Centers are accessible to wheelchairs.
Camping at Redwood National Park
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Camping within the redwood forest - what a life! Mill Creek campground is located 7 miles south of Crescent City, CA on US Highway 101. Sites: 145 RV or tents, trailer length up to 27 feet, RVs up to 31 feet. Amenities include showers, restrooms, four loop trails, hiker/biker sites, dump station, fire pits, no hookups, handicap access, ranger-led walks, junior ranger and evening campfire programs. Fees for camping and dayuse.
Freshwater Lagoon Spit Overnight Use Area
Open All Year
Freshwater Lagoon Spit Overnight Use Area is a FEE AREA. The Use Area is an extended gravel pullout along the west side of Highway 101 and adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, located one mile south of Orick, CA. Vehicle fees are $10.00 per night. Bicyclists and hikers are $3.00 per person per night. Camping vehicles park parallel more than 30 feet from the edge of Highway 101. Tent camping is located at the southern-most vehicle access point. Amenities include fire pits, chemical toilets, and a picnic area with grills.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Open All Year
Camp amidst towering old-growth coast redwoods! Jedediah Smith campground is located on Highway 199 at Hiouchi, CA. Sites: 106 RV or tent sites, RV length up to 36 feet, trailers up to 31 feet. Facilites/amenities include nature center, bookstore, no hookups, showers, restrooms, river sites, picnic area, many miles of trails, hiker/biker sites, dump station, fire pits, handicap access, ranger-led walks, junior ranger and young naturalists programs, and evening campfire programs.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Open All Year
Camp along the windswept Pacific Ocean with the coast redwood forest as a backdrop. To reach Gold Bluffs Beach campground travel three miles north of Orick, CA on US Highway 101, the turn west on Davison Road and continue for four miles (gravel road). Sites: 25 RV or 29 tents, trailers prohibited, RV length up to 24 feet and 8 feet wide. Amenities include solar showers, restrooms, access to over 70 miles of trails, Fern Canyon, hiker/biker sites, fire pits, no hookups, ranger-led walks, junior ranger and evening campfire programs. Fees for camping and dayuse.
Elk Prairie Redwoods State Park
Open All Year
Camp in the heart of an old-growth redwood forest. Elk Prairie campground is located 50 miles north of Eureka, CA on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway just off US Highway 101. Sites: 75 RV or tents, trailer length up to 24 feet, RVs up to 27 feet. Facilities/amenities include nature center, bookstore, no hookups, showers, restrooms, picnic area, over 70 miles of trails, hiker/biker sites, dump station, fire pits, handicap access, ranger-led walks, junior ranger and evening campfire programs.
Activities and More Information
for Redwood National Park
Visit one of the five visitor centers to find out about ranger-led programs. Pick up an official map and look for these place names. Suggestions are given north to south.
Howland Hill Road/Stout Grove - 6-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods; 1/2-mile walk through river bottom grove of tremendous trees.
Enderts Beach/Crescent Beach - Outstanding Pacific Ocean view from the overlook; 1-mile walk to Enderts Beach provides access to tidepools. Check low tide times.
Klamath River Overlook - Watch for gray whales, other marine mammals, and seabirds; hike 1/4-mile steep trail to lower overlook.
Coastal Drive - 8-mile rough road winds past expansive Pacific Ocean views and descends into redwoods at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway/Big Tree Wayside - 10-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods; 1/8-mile walk to Big Tree Wayside; Roosevelt elk viewing in the prairie.
Davison Road - Roosevelt elk viewing; 1-mile Trillium Falls Trail loop.
Gold Bluffs Beach - Go beyond Davison Road to access this isolated Pacific beach; hike Fern Canyon with 30-foot walls full of ferns; birdwatching and hiking.
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