Redwood National Park Travel Guide

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Redwood National Park Things to Do

  • 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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  • Klamath River overlook

    The coast along Redwood national park is every bit as beautiful as the Big Sur coast and mostly deserted. The Klamath River overlook is a great place to get a good view of this coast.

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  • Simpson Reed Grove

    Impressive but not oft visited grove in the Hiochi area of the park. The trail is off a side road on Hwy 199 that is not well marked. Numerous trails split off this parking area but the Simpson grove is by far the best.

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  • Stout Grove

    This grove In Jedediah State Park is one of the larger groves in the park and the first major grove as you enter from the North

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  • Shrinking

    If your ego is getting too big, there's no better place to go than the Stout Grove, Redwood National Forest in California. It gives you some perspective of lifespam and the beauty of mother nature. be prepared to see the oldest living things on Earth... yes, older than your grandma, older than the pyramids.

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  • See the DeMartin House

    Across the beach from the overlook you will see the DeMartin House. This was a thriving ranch and dairy farm owned by Louis and Agnes DeMartin. Mrs. DeMartin was famous for her hospitality and her skills in the kitchen including baking great fresh bread. Over the years, numerous traders and others trekking along the coastal trails took advantage of...

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  • Watch the Wildlife

    The beaches are a nice place to relax, listen to the ocean waves, maybe wade a little and watch the wildlife like this seagull that posed for me.

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  • Northern Beaches

    This is a beach overlook just north of the False Klamath Cove, just off US Highway 101. It is typical of the rockier northern beaches in the park. Note the rocky cliffs coming right up to the beach.

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  • Lost Man Creek

    Not far north of Lady Bird Johnson Grove is Lost man Creek. The area along Lost Man Creek offers another slight variation on the environment of the redwood forest. The constant availability of water enables other types of trees and plants to mingle with the redwood giants.

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  • Rebirth

    Notice how other plants are using this dead redwood stump as a home. Dead redwoods continue to provide life for the forest.

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Redwood National Park Restaurants

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    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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    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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    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

  • 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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  • Gas and unfriendly locals

    Take care to have enough fuel before you drive into this area! We thought we had plenty, and planned to fill up the tank north of the park, after our hike. But the road was longer than we thought. Only when we came back to the car after the hike did we notice that the fuel indicator pointed to zero! Driving carefully to save fuel, with my heart in...

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Redwood National Park What to Pack

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    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

  • Lost Man Creek Trail

    The Lost Man Creek Trail is 11.5 miles in length. It leads past the World Heritage Site Dedication Area, a cascade on the creek through an old growth and a second growth area and ends up on Bald Hills Road. The trail is moderate for the first two miles from the Lost Man Creek Trailhead then gets more difficult as you gain altitude and have to...

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  • Hiking Through Lady Bird Grove

    The trail through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a 1 mile (1.4 km) loop trail that is easy to moderate in difficulty. It loops through a range-top forest of redwood and Douglas firs. Because the windswept slopes and ridges provide a less desirable environment than the more protected valleys the redwood shares this area with a wider variety of...

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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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  • For Information

    One of the best places to start out your visit to Redwoods National Park is to stop at one of the visitor centers. Its five visitor centers are spaced through out the park, so hopefully you will be able to stop at one or more of these if you visit during summers. However, in the winter, some of these are not open, and others are open only on some...

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  • What is skunk cabbage?

    When I first heard about skunk cabbage, I was told that these broad leaf plants were really stinky, with a skunk-like order, especially when in bloom. But I could barely smell the odor unless I put my nose right down to the opening in the flower. Maybe if I had been visiting a marsh where there were a large number of these, the odor would have been...

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