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Redwood National and State Parks
A True National Treasure
These trees are not only very big, they are actually the largest species of trees on the planet. The Redwood National Park area did not become a national park until 1968 and was designated a national park because the redwood forest was being harvested to extinction by loggers. Not only did that threaten the trees, but also the many creatures that called the forest home including the very rare spotted owl. These days families from around the world flock to Redwood National Park along with over a half a million other guests. Here are a few reasons that you should make this the next national park you and your family visit.
When to go
April – May – June – July – August – September – October
Biking – Family – Hiking – Scenic Drives – Bird-Watching – Kayaking – Fishing – Wildlife
Walk Among Giants
A walk through the woods of the wilderness can be an exhilarating experience no matter where you go, but when you are able to walk among the great redwoods within Redwood National Park, the experience is unparalleled. The trees scream with history as they are literally hundreds of years old and even the best shots of the trees do not do justice to just how amazing their presence is when you are awarded the opportunity to be beneath them basking in the rays of sunlight passing between their massive trunks.
Walking among the redwood groves is a truly unforgettable experience especially if you happen to be walking on a quiet morning near a bubbling stream. As the sound of the water rolls along the stream, many have attributed the sound to the forest singing the sweetest song. Peace is found among the giant trees and you will want to come back again and again to experience this perfect peace over and over.
Wildlife at its Best
No matter which national park you choose to visit, you will be privileged to see nature in its unspoiled splendor. The animals within the parks are protected and allowed to live as they should, in the wild. A stroll through Redwood National Park will give you the opportunity to see the Roosevelt Elk in their natural setting. The best places to view these majestic creatures is in the southern portion of Redwood National Park along the Klamath River and Bald Hills Road.
If your travels lead you to the shore of Redwood National Park you will see much more than the land animals that call the park home. Marine life is a huge part of the park and whale watching excursions are quite an experience. Overlooks are found all along the coast including High Bluff Overlook and Gold Bluffs Beach. Whales frequently swim through these areas and seeing them up close is an amazing experience. Tidepools are another special experience along the Redwood National Park coast for those that may want to get a little closer to the marine life than watching from afar.
Take a Drive
There are times where there is far too much to see in a very short amount of time. A scenic drive through Redwood National Park is the perfect way to see much of the park and also some of the marine animals along some of the coastal drives. There are some roads that are paved and offer easy driving such as Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, but there are other roads that may be a bit hazardous during inclement weather such as Requa Road. The visitor’s center can give you all the information that you need to truly enjoy your scenic drive. They patrol the roads regularly and maintain them as needed.
Things to Know
Redwood National Park is one of the most budget friendly places to take the family. The reasons that many families flock to this particular park is not only for the towering redwoods, but also because the entrance fees are non-existence. You can experience the Redwood National Park for completely free, but if just a visit is not enough for you, you may want to consider a night or even a week of camping within the park.
The park offers two ways to enjoy the park on your terms. The camping fees for the established campgrounds are $35 per night, but if you want to experience the raw quality of Redwood National Park you need to try the backcountry camping. Permits are given out at the visitor’s center and allow you to stay for up to two weeks in the wilderness. As with all trips into most national parks, water is limited, so bring your own water with you or a filter to filter fresh water flowing within the park.