Redwood National and State
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, California 95531
WELCOME to Redwood National
and State Parks
The Amazing Diversity
An amazing diversity of life exists
at Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). The ancient coast
redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the
planet's most majestic forests. Here, banana slugs, gray whales,
Douglas-fir, black bears, and sea anemones are equally at home with
Park staff work to maintain and
restore the area's biological diversity through a wide range of
resource management and educational activities. Preserving both
natural processes and the region's species and genetic diversity
helps ensure that countless generations can experience the beauty
and complexity of an old-growth redwood forest.
This is your personal classroom whose
wonders wait to be explored.
Preserve and Protect
When western expansion met the
redwoods in the 1800s, the trees began to fall under saw and axe.
The massive redwoods offered early settlers a seemingly
inexhaustible lumber supply. However, within a hundred year span the
vast forests were reduced to a fraction of their former range. By
the early 1900s, it was apparent that the future of the old-growth
redwood forest was in doubt.
Thanks to the visionary actions of
the Save-the-Redwoods League, the redwoods received the protection
they needed. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast
Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park were
created by the State of California in the 1920s to protect some of
the finest remaining examples of coast redwoods.
Congress protected lands adjacent to
the three California state parks in 1968 with the creation of
Redwood National Park. In 1994, the California Department of Parks
and Recreation and the National Park Service agreed to jointly
manage the four-park area for maximum resource protection.
Today, visitors to RNSP will find not
only old-growth redwood groves but open prairie lands, two major
rivers, and 37 miles of pristine California coastline. RNSP is also
a testing ground for large scale forest and stream restoration of
severely impacted lands.
American Indian tribes have made
their home within the North Coast* region for thousands of years and
still maintain their cultural presence today in areas surrounding
RNSP. The parks' managers work in consultation with the tribes to
ensure that their cultural practices can continue.
We invite you to visit the rich
community of life at RNSP. Together, these parks are recognized as
both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.
The designations reflect worldwide awareness of RNSP's resources as
irreplaceable. They must be safeguarded.
*Redwood National and State Parks
reside in the North Coast of California and Oregon. The North Coast
is a loosely defined region from about Ukiah, CA inland and Fort
Bragg, CA on the coast, extending to Josephine County in Oregon.
When travelling on Highway 101 south to north, you'll notice a
distinct change in vegetation from California oak woodlands to the
Douglas-fir/coast redwood forests and a very moist climate.
Things To Do
What lives in the redwood forest? Did
you know that Redwood National and State Parks offers far more than
just redwoods? 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.
Discover Howland Hill Road and Stout
Grove: a 10-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods, along
Mill Creek, with a �-mile walk through a river bottom grove of
tremendous trees. Motorhomes and trailers not advised.
Explore Enderts Beach and Crescent
Beach Overlook: Stand before outstanding Pacific Ocean views from
the overlook; you may even see a gray whale! Walk 1-mile to Enderts
Beach, an access route to multi-colored, myriad tidepool creatures.
Be sure to check low tide times. Trailers not advised
Drive to Klamath River Overlook, a
prime spot for watching the gray whale migration. Look for other
marine mammals and a host of seabirds any time of year. Hike � mile
down a steep trail to the lower overlook and more dramatic views.
Get off the beaten path and onto
Coastal Drive! This 8-mile rough and tumble road winds past
expansive Pacific Ocean views and descends into redwoods at Prairie
Creek Redwoods State Park. Look through binoculars at the massive
off shore rocks to spy thousands of seabirds nesting. Motorhomes and
trailers prohibited on gravel section.
Travel Newton B. Drury Scenic
Parkway. Not even the Avenue of the Giants can beat this! A 10-mile
scenic drive through ancient redwoods. Stop and walk an 1/8 of a
mile to Big Tree Wayside; you'll see why! Watch for Roosevelt elk
grazing in the prairie.
Investigate Davison Road where
Roosevelt elk hang out in the prairie. Trillium Falls Trail covers
2� miles through ancestral forest and has one of the few falls in
the parks. Follow Davison Road to the gray sands of Gold Bluffs
Beach. See if you can find the remains of the mining era. Nothing
compares to Fern Canyon with its 30-foot walls dripping wet and full
of ferns. Survey the creek for slippery creatures. Trailers and
vehicles longer than 24 feet prohibited.
Be sure to stop at Kuchel Visitor
Center one mile south of Orick. The state-of-the-art exhibits are
Places to Picnic
- Dolason Prairie
- Elk Meadow
- Elk Prairie
- Gold Bluffs Beach
- Crescent Beach
- Crescent Beach Overlook
- High Bluff Overlook
- Hiouchi Information Center
- Klamath River Overlook
- Kuchel Visitor Center
- Lady Bird Johnson Grove
- Lagoon Creek
- Lost Man Creek
- Prairie Creek Visitor Center
- Redwood Creek
- Redwood Creek Overlook
- Redwood Creek Trail
- Stone Lagoon
- Wilson Creek
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