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Redwood National Parks Map

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The following content on Redwood National Parks is licenced from National Geographic's Guide to National Parks of the United States (9th Edition).

THE WORLD’S TALLEST KNOWN TREES stand in the redwood forests of the northern California coast. Redwood National Park blends federal and state lands into a harmonious ode to grandeur. While giant trees get top billing, Redwood is much more than supersize flora. The park also protects 37 miles of pristine Pacific coast, wild rivers and streams, rich wildlife populations, and relics of pioneer days.

Established October 2, 1968
138,999 Acres
Redwood National Parks Map

Few national park areas have stirred such controversy as Redwood. The park was born of a long and sometimes violent struggle to save big trees from industrial logging—and the region as a whole from environmental devastation.

The battle began shortly after World War I, when members of such organizations as the Save-the-Redwoods League realized that some of the world’s tallest living things were quickly disappearing. Combining private donations and state funds, the league purchased tracts of redwood forest that during the 1920s became three state parks: Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del
Norte Coast Redwoods, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods.

Conflict started up again in the 1960s when clear-cut logging in the region reached fever pitch. Discovery of the world’s tallest known tree in the threatened Tall Trees Grove by a National Geographic Society team expedited the call for federal protection. With powerful allies such as the Sierra Club and Lady Bird Johnson, the campaign finally resulted in the creation of Redwood National Park.

Land was added a decade later— including the groves with the tallest trees. In 1994, the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation signed an agreement to manage the three redwood state parks and the national park cooperatively.

The number of people visiting the cathedral-like groves each year has expanded from fewer than 40,000 when Redwoods was first created to about 500,000 today. They come to gawk at trees that, at more than 350 feet in height, would tower over the Statue of Liberty.

How to Visit

Although U.S. 101 runs through the heart of the park, the highway provides nothing more than a fleeting glimpse of the forest giants. Closer inspection requires leisurely drives down side roads or discovering forest trails on foot.

Just outside the town of Orick, the park’s Redwood Creek section is accessible via Bald Hills Road. Although their exact location is a well-guarded secret, some of the world’s tallest known trees thrive in this drainage area.

Prairie Creek lies at the heart of the park, a large meadow surrounded by trails through redwood forest or down Fern Canyon to gorgeous Gold Bluffs Beach. The park continues on the north side of the Klamath River in the form of Del Norte Coast Redwoods and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks. Nearly flat roads lend themselves to casual biking, and there are eight backcountry cycling routes. Or explore the groves on horseback, or paddle Smith River and the lagoons via kayak or canoe.

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How to get there

From San Francisco, CA (about 325 miles south), take U.S. 101 north via Santa Rosa and Eureka. Or take Calif. 299 from Redding, CA; U.S. 199 from Grants Pass, OR; and U.S. 101 from Coos Bay, OR.

When to go

Redwood is open year-round, but has crowded trails and bumper-to-bumper roadways during summer season. Spring is great for wildflowers, autumn for chromatic leaves, while winter is cool and rainy but redwood groves are less crowded.

Visitor Centers

Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (off U.S. 101, south of Orick), Prairie Creek Visitor Center (off U.S. 101, on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway), Hiouchi Visitor Center (U.S. 199), and the Crescent City Information Center (also park headquarters), are open year-round.


1111 Second Street Crescent City, CA 95531 707-464-6101


The four national park campgrounds— Jedediah Smith (86 sites), Mill Creek (145 sites), Gold Bluffs Beach (26 sites), and Elk Prairie (75 sites)—all accept reservations (; 800-444-7275). Backcountry camping requires a free permit, available from the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center.


Four basic campground cabins are located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and four are at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. There are also plenty of lodging choices in nearby communities. Check: planyourvisit/lodging.htm.

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 National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States 9th Edition
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