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Redwood National Park
Highway 101, California's North Coast

National Park Service
Management Unit:
Redwoods National Park
1111 Second Street
Crescent City CA 95531
(707) 464-6104 / 800-423-6101

 
Amenities:
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Site Fee
  • Tent Camping
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
Description:
World's tallest living thing, king of its race, living link to the Age of Dinosaurs; it grows from a seed the size of a tomato seed and may weigh 500 tons and stand taller than the Statue of Liberty. Acquiring its thick biological armor of umber bark, this tree seems impenetrable to the ravages of fire and insects. In 1769, the well-traveled Juan Crespi named it palo colorado, red tree. Botanical credit for the coast redwood's discovery is generally ceded to Archibald Menzies, who noted it in 1794. In 1847 it was given its scientific name, Sequoia sempervirens, probably honoring Cherokee leader Sequoyah; sempervirens means evergreen. Redwood National Park was established in 1968 and expanded in 1978 to protect superlative ancient redwood forests growing along the northwest California coast. The park is now a World Heritage Site and international Biosphere Reserve. The millions of travelers who come from around the world to see them, reap other benefits from these lofty trees' affinity for the coastlines. For, in protecting the trees, Congress and the State of California also protect for public use and enjoyment, miles and miles of beaches, sea stacks, and biotically opulent tidepools.

From sea level to 3,100 feet in elevation in the Coast Range, a mild, moist climate assures the park an abundant diversity of wildlife. Elusive to visitors, many species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and insects inhabit the mature redwood forest, depending on it for food and shelter. Praries, called bald hills, form natural islands of grasslands where wildlife abounds.

Even apart from the Coast Range and its lofty forests, Redwood's coastline-to which the big tree is intimately related-would justify national park status. Rugged, with stretches of steep, rocky cliffs broken by rolling slopes, it is largely unaltered by humans. Generally rocky, its tidal zone can be difficult to traverse, with exceptions such as Gold Bluffs Beach, a 7-mile stretch of dunes and sandy beach. Visitors to the north coast will discover a rich mix of life forms that occupy distinct habitats along the coast.

Many of the park's marine bird species are migratory. Brown pelicans are summer visitors, cormorants take to lagoon or river and shore waters, and willets and sanderlings work the beach. Offshore may be the California gray whales in migration, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and orca (killer) whales. In the intertidal areas the vagaries of periodic wetting and drying have produced tightly zoned layers of life. Lagoons-where freshwater and saltwater mix-are extremely productive for sea life. The national park boundary extends one-fourth mile beyond mean high tide.

How to Get There:
Highway 101, Park is located along the highway between Orick and Crescent City, CA.

 

Tips:
Camping facilities: Developed campgrounds are located within Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks. Sites offer a table, grill, and cupboard. Hot showers, restrooms, and disposal station are provided, except at Gold Bluffs Beach, which as solar-heated showers only and no disposal station. Trailers up to 24 feet long and motorhomes up to 27 feet are allowed, except at Gold Bluffs Beach, where trailers are prohibited. No trailer hookups.

 

Fee(s) Charged: Yes
Various Fee Locations, call for more info.

 

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