Redwood National Park is unusual among this country’s natural preserves in that you will find three California state parks completely located within it. Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and Jedediah Smith Redwoods are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. All told, this park offers more than 110,000 acres that features trees rising more than 360 feet into sky above you. Some of these giant redwoods were around when Julius Caesar was being stabbed by Brutus. Oh, and just in case you didn’t know, there were others wielding knives than Brutus. He was just one of many co-conspirators. Just in case, you know, you’ve got this far in your life without reading your Shakespeare.
When to Visit
Redwood National Park is open all year long and any time is a good time to visit. The biggest crowds descend upon the park in the summer. Birders should hit the Redwoods in the spring to catch the massive migrations. Those who love flowers will want to catch the colors of the autumn foliage. Fall is also a very pleasant time to visit because of dropping temperatures. From October to April you must be aware of rain which can cause flooding along the Klamath River.
Reservations are necessary for the campgrounds in Redwood National Park and the state parks from mid-May to August. The rest of year the campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you bring your dog along, you will have to present evidence that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. An additional fee is also required for camping with a pet. RV length limits are in place at the campgrounds at the state parks.
Those who are not physically able to handle walking amongst the amazing trees can still get quite a feeling for the immensity and enjoy their beauty. Several scenic drives are available that allow you to appreciate nearly every aspect of the National Park. Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is a 10-mile long drive that often reveals the sight of Roosevelt elk. This drive was named in honor of the man who headed the Save the Redwoods League. The Howland Hill Road drive is a narrow 12-mile unpaved trek that is perfect for those camping at nearby Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
The Redwoods offer hiking trails that can lend you a real perspective on life as you make your way through the trees that dwarf everything about you. You have a choice of 150 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park. Easy trails include El Prairie Trail and Frank D. Stout Memorial Grove Trail. Those looking for a tougher workout should pack a big bottle of water before heading to the 8.5 mile long Redwood Creek Trail.
A vacation to Redwoods National Park may appear to be one in which you can turn it into an ocean vacation. You will notice some open ocean borders Redwood National Park. The ocean looks very inviting, but swimming is not recommended due to very strong undertows and rip currents. Another aspect of the park to be very wary about is the fog. Fog can be quite heavy in the Redwoods and you should take care to drive very carefully if you get caught in it. Mushroom sprout throughout much of Redwood National Park, and you may be tempted to gather some of these delicacies. Just remember that doing so is strictly prohibited.