Walk Where Ancient Redwoods Grow & See the Tallest Trees
Head to Our Neck of the Redwoods with a Visit to the Redwood National & State Parks in Del Norte County, California
Escape into a mossy and mysterious primeval land called the Redwoods National Park. Explore oodles of trails from the sandy to the ferny to flower-adorned. Hunker down for an enchanting evening under the stars. The redwoods state and national parks of Del Norte County are calling you to recreate, to revel, to recharge.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
With 10,000 acres of the tallest towering trees, crystal waters and endless adventure, you will get lost in wonder on 20 miles of magnificent trails through a lush redwood forest like the mysterious Grove of Titans. Saddle up your steed for an unforgettable trail ride on Little Bald Hills Trail. Let the Smith River take you away as you float, snorkel or fish its pristine waters. Take a scenic drive on historic Howland Hill Road. Roast a round of marshmallows with your crew in a campsite worthy of a scene in Star Wars.
Explore California’s Only World Heritage Site
As the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in California, the Redwood National and State Parks protect 45 percent of California’s remaining old-growth redwoods. This ensures that nature will always outnumber people here, and your curiosity can run wild through the waves, rivers and forests.
Go for the glory in Redwoods National Park. The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is a scenic drive through ancient redwoods. Make at stop at Big Tree for a short trail to a pastoral prairie where Roosevelt elk graze. Cap off the perfect picnic with a stroll along waterfalls on Trillium Falls Trail. Disconnect from the day-to-day completely to feed your spirit backcountry camping at a creekside swim hole.
Peaceful giants and swirling seas collide in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Stroll or pedal along a portion of the California Coastal Trail. Make sure you meander the Damnation Creek portion during low tide, leading you through rhododendrons and ferns down into a cove of rocky tidepools. Tuck in early at Mill Creek Campground to get a head start on tomorrow’s adventures. Depending on the season, you can wander through wildflowers or fish for cutthroat trout. Relax on Wilson Beach, gazing at tidepools, sea stacks and pelicans.
More Parks to Explore
The Redwoods National Parks tend to overshadow some of our other outdoor gems like the Tolowa Dunes State Park. The park has two lakes, ancient dunes and wetlands. Spy a myriad of wildlife including migrating gray whales, harbor seals and Peregrine falcons. Let your paddle cute through the glassy waters of Lakes Earl and Tolowa. Catch Starry flounder and cutthroat trout. Spring and early summer hikes reveal vibrant wildflowers among grassy meadows. Take a sunup walk in the dunes and then a sunset walk down the serene coastline and then share your favorite stories of the day around a campfire.