Redwood National Park Travel Guide

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Redwood National Park Things to Do

  • Lyons Ranch Bunkhouses

    If you continue walking past the Lyons Ranch Barn you will see to small shacks built closely together. These are the ranch bunkhouses and kitchen where the ranch hands would sleep. The buildings are in excellent shape although they do show their age. The park service has left these buildings unlocked for you to explore. There are artifacts in the...

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  • Julius Lyons Cemetery

    Behind the Lyons Ranch Barn is a trail cut through the tall grass leading down hill. It is about a 5 minute walk when you get to the end and a small family cemetery with a single grave stone. The plot measures about 17 feet by 16 feet and is enclosed by a wire fence. On the grave stone is carved "Julius Lyons 1878-1895." Julius was the last born of...

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  • Lyons Ranch Barn

    At the end of the Lyons Ranch Trail/road, is a well preserved turn of the century (19th century) barn. Fortunately the park service keeps this barn unlocked so you are free to enter and explore a little. Everything here is an artifact so please leave it as you find it. Do not take anything. The barn has two levels with several entrances. I was...

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  • Lyons Ranch Trail

    This is really a dirt road that is gated off from Bald Hills Road. The trail head parking can fit about 6 cars but seldom do people venture out this way. The walk to the ranch is 2 miles in. It is an easy walk all the way across prairie land and few sections of wooded areas. About a half mile in the road splits. There is no trail marker at this...

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  • Bald Hills Road

    Redwood National Park is known for their huge redwood trees, among the oldest living things on the planet. But did you know Redwood National Park has an abundance of high prairie land? I didn't! I am happy I took the time to explore this aspect of Redwoods and there is no better way than to drive down Bald Hills Road. The road is only a few miles...

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  • Redwood Creek Overlook

    This overlook is along Bald Hills Road. I came across it enroute to the Emerald Ridge Trail Head. It is just off the road and offers views of the Redwood Creek Valley. Although it is called Redwood Creek Overlook, you can only catch a glimpse of Redwood Creek. There are several interpretive signs with educational information. It is a nice view but...

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  • Elk Meadow

    Off Route 101 in Orick, CA is Elk Meadow Day Use Area. The meadow is right off the access road and route 101. When I finished my hike to Trillium Falls late afternoon, Elk Meadow lived up to it's name. A small herd of Roosevelt Elk were grazing in the Meadow. The best time to see them is typically just before dusk and sometimes early morning.As the...

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  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove

    This is an easy walk through old growth redwoods. The parking can overflow. The best time to visit is in the early morning or later in the evening/late afternoon. From the parking area there is a bridge that takes you over into the forest. The path is well maintained and easy to follow. The total loop in about 1.5 miles. You reach the loop after...

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  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center

    This is the first visitor center you will reach if traveling north on Route 101 into Redwood National Park. Kuchel Visitor Center is the only center that sits within Redwood National Park while the others are in state parks within Redwood National Park. Kuchel is also right on the ocean.The center has an information desk staffed by park rangers,...

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  • Fern Canyon

    A very unique sight is this lush canyon extending from the beach inland covered with a thick carpet of ferns. Requires a 15 mile drive won a gravel road but well worth it.

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  • Ladybird grove

    Dedicated to the first lady, Ladybird Johnson by then president Nixon for her work in preservation. Today its a great hike through an old grove Redwood stand

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  • Prairie Creek Revelation Trail

    This short trail behind the Prairie Creek visitor's center but provides a good sample of the terrains and redwoods of the Prairie Creek area. Right next to this is Elk Prairie, often frequented by the park's Elk herd.

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Redwood National Park Restaurants

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    The Apple Peddler: To Cresent City for food

    by Rusket Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    There is nowhere to eat in the park. We did not see anything that looked interesting in Orich, either. To tell the truth, after the incident with the fuel pump, we did not look too eagerly, there might have been something. Heading north, we stopped in Cresent City, where we found The Apple Peddler. Nothing special, not negative, not positive. We had a light meal, the food was OK, and the price was low. The ambience nice and clean. I got tempted by their desserts, though :-) For the three of us, including my dessert, we paid USD 54.69.

    (What annoyed me is what annoys me everywhere in the US (and in many other countries, I must add): The price in the menu is NOT the price you pay; they add taxes. And on top of that you are expected to pay tips. I mean, I pay tips at home too, if I am very satisfied. But in the US you are expected to pay anyway, whether you are satisfied with the service or not. If you try to ask how much they expect you to pay, they won't answer. Why don't they just put everything into the price list, net price, tax and service? That would be a lot more tourist friendly. AND we could then add a small tip as an extra if we were especially pleased with the service.)

    All in all: An OK place to stop for a meal after a half day hike in the national park, if you are heading north.

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Redwood National Park Shopping

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    There Everywhere: Wood Carving

    by where2next Updated Aug 22, 2003

    At first I thought the wood carvings were cheesy, though the more I saw of them I was impressed by the carvings.

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Redwood National Park Local Customs

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    Roosevelt Elk

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 17, 2013

    A herd of Roosevelt Elk inhabit the park and can usually be seen either at Elk Praire or Elk meadow.

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Redwood National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Never come between a bear and her cub!

    On my last day in Redwood National Park, I explored a more remote area on Bald Hills Road, hiking to Lyons Ranch. I was very fortunate this day for many reasons. The weather was great and so was the scenery. I discovered an old farm intact and was great to explore. I also so a bear cub on the side of the trail during my walk out, then minutes later...

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  • Warning Signs

    Please obey all warning signs and stay on the trail for your safety and to protect the area for future generations. Also keep your eyes open for wildlife. You may encounter black bears, elk, mountain lions, bobcats and snakes. Keep in mind theses are wild animals and leave them alone so they will leave you alone. Also remember that the tides in the...

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  • Wildlife Can Be Dangerous!

    Roosevelt Elk are usually found in open grass lands, however, they can also sometimes be seen in the forest, especially in hot weather when they look for shade to rest in. The elk are the largest mammal in the park, and may weight more than 1,000 pounds. These are wild animals, and very unpredictable, so do not approach them closely. Bulls are...

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Redwood National Park What to Pack

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    Layers and good shoes

    by Rusket Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: A daypack to carry your water and layers of clothes.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It never gets very warm up here, but temperatures may vary. A good tip is to bring layers of clothes, including light rainwear. And do not forget good walking shoes! The path is partly steep and slippery, no high heels!

    Miscellaneous: Bring something to eat, like energy bars; There are no places to buy food in the park.

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Redwood National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Fort Ross

    Fort Ross is the amazing and only testimony of the failed attempt to build a Russian America in the first part of the XIXth. My %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6ce90/b7bdd/ ]Fort Ross page reminds that the Russian print on the Pacific coast of America is far from negligible : Mount Saint Helen was first climbed and named by Russian...

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  • Lava Beds

    The Lava Beds National monument (page to come) lies in the far north east corner of California. It is a striking example of eruptions where the outer lava cools and gives a solid crust while the inner lava remains fluid enough to flow out, giving empty tubes that can be visited.

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  • Lassen Volcanic Park

    Lassen Volcanic Park (page to come) is located in the southern part of the Cascade Mountain range. It is by far not as impressive as the Yellowstone but nevertheless has boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases. They are a testimony of intense volcanic activity. The last eruption at Lassen Peak occurred in May 1915.

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Redwood National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Tall Trees Loop

    This loop hike is at the end of a one mile trail to Redwood Creek. This trail head is from the same parking lot as that for the Emerald Ridge Trail/Loop. The Tall Trees Loop is one mile long itself and is completely flat. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It meanders through a grove of old growth redwoods. This grove sits on the banks of...

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  • Redwood Creek - Emerald Ridge Loop

    The Redwood Creek is a beautiful, shallow river. It is rocky and popular with area fishermen. Technically it is not a trail however the park service has put signage on the Emerald Ridge Trail and they also tell you this are the visitor center that this loop exists. The park service map even shows an unmaintained trail along the river bank. This is...

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  • Emerald Ridge Trail

    Access to the Emerald Ridge Trail requires a backcountry day pass. The pass is free and can be obtained at any of the visitor centers. I got mine at the Kuchel Visitor Center. From the dirt parking lot, it is a few steps until the Emerald Ridge Trail starts at a sharp left turn. Be careful you don't miss the trail sign. The trail straight ahead...

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Redwood National Park Favorites

  • Tall Trees Access Road

    Tall Trees Access Road is off Bald Hills Road. It is a dirt road that give access to the trail head for Tall Trees Grove and Emerald Ridge Trail and Loop. The road is gated and requires a permit to enter. A permit can be obtained for free at any visitor center but the most convenient is the Kuchel Visitor Center. With your permit, the ranger will...

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  • Trillium Falls

    About one third of the way into the Trillium Falls Trail (if you start the loop counter clockwise) you will reach Trillium Falls. It is not very big at all but it is a nice cascading fall set back in a moss and fern gully. There is a bridge directly in front which give a great location to view. It is also a nice platform for a tripod. The falls is...

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  • Redwood National Park

    Redwood National Park consists of five distinct areas and is co-located with three state parks. The state and the National Park Service manages the entire area cooperatively so you may see state or national level rangers in any area at any time. The parks protect over 40,000 acres of old growth trees. The Coastal Redwood is the tallest living thing...

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