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Redwood National and State Parks
Established in October 1968, Several national and state parks fused together into the marvelous Redwood National and State Parks along the coast of northern California, U.S.A.
The parks are famous for their staggering tallest trees on Earth which can grow up to 375 feet tall.
The parks are spread over 138,999 acres of land and are located near to the Crescent City.
The parks have a mixture of oak woodlands, prairies, coastline, and river ways that all together increases the beauty of the parks.
Most famous trails for hiking consists of hiking trails at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Trillium Falls Trail, and Prairie Creek Trail.
Fern Canyon of Prairie Creek State Park will surely mesmerize you and the walls of the canyon that are covered with distinctive ferns and mosses will give you a fine glance of prehistoric times.
Fishing, rafting, kayaking, biking, hiking, backpacking, bird watching and camping are the activities you can surely enjoy by doing in these parks.
Over 40 species of mammals can be found here of which Roosevelt elk can be easily spot table, other mammals include black bear, coyote, cougar, bobcat, beaver, and black-tailed deer. Around 400 bird species are also available in these parks which includes double-crested cormorants, sandpipers, gulls, common merganser, osprey, and Steller’s jay.
Best time to visit
June to August
The best time to visit the Redwood National and State Parks is in the summer season as will be comfortable hiking conditions due to warmer temperature and low rainfall levels. You will also get mesmerized by seeing the magic of the mysterious mist around the trees on the coast.
Things to carry
Before knowing what to carry, do remember to not leave any trash behind. Carry it with yourself to maintain the beauty of the park as it was.
Wear shorts and T-shirts for summer and get ready for the winter season by wearing a sweater, long pants and a warm jacket. Wear poncho for the rainy season. Wear strong hiking shoes.
Carry a backpack which can keep all your necessities like an emergency kit, bottle of water, snacks, a first aid kit, a hat, gloves, camera, etc.
Tips before Visiting
- There are entrance fees. But on some major days, the entrance is free of cost.
- There are four campsites in the park known as Elk Prairie Campground, Gold Bluffs Beach, Jedediah Smith and Mill Creek.
- You have to do a reservation in advance between 48 hours and 6 months before visiting the park. You can do reservation online as well as by calling.
- There are back country camping also but a permit is required. Also, note that it will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
No. Of Visitors in 2018