April 6, 2016

Suggested Things to Do in Redwood National Park

Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood National Park isn't a typical National Park that you might have been familiarized yourself with in the past with other National Parks in the U.S. The Redwood does not have "park's entrance" and therefore it's free to visit. It definitely requires driving to visit the "Redwood" areas that are defined as the "National Park."

Giant Redwood Trees in Stout Grove
If you base yourself like we were in Crescent City or you are coming from Oregon, visiting the Redwood will be driving from North to South via the scenic highway 101. Below are suggested itineraries on what to see and things to do while visiting the Redwood National Park.
  • Drive through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and enjoy the Redwood trees scenery along the way. Then continue driving to the Howland Hill Road. Do note that the Howland Hill Road is a dirt road and very narrow (campers and trailers not advised), but it's very much worth it to see more Redwood. You will then see a sign post that says Stout Grove. There's a car park there and you can go for a walk on the lovely loop trail to get up close to several huge Redwood trees. The walk is really easy, short and sweet. 
  • After visiting the Stout Grove, you turn right and get back on the Howland Hill Road for another 6 miles or so. Take your time as the road is narrow and enjoy the scenic drive through many and many Redwood trees. Continue on to the Enderts Beach Road where there's a very nice lookout area that you can overlook the Pacific Ocean and the port of Crescent City. This coastal view's lookout is beautiful!
  • After that, hit the Highway 101 South and drive into the Redwood National Park's area. On the way, you will see more scenic coastal view.
  • Keep on driving on Highway 101, you will see the Trees of Mystery attraction, but you will probably notice Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox Babe more than the Trees of Mystery sign. This place has a gondola ride through the Redwood forest called the SkyTrail. The ride takes you through the Redwood trees and up to the treetop lookout that provides more scenic view. You can find more information about it here
  • If you are into more coastal lookout, you can stop at the Klamath River Overlook where you can have a picnic and enjoy the pacific ocean's view. 
  • Another attraction that's on the way on Highway 101 is the "Tour Thru Tree" in Klamath. This attraction allows your vehicle to drive through a tree's tunnel that was done way back when and now this tree becomes a tourist attraction. It costs $5 per car with 3 people, and extra charge applies to additional person. You can find more information here.
  • While you continue driving on Highway 101, keep an eye for the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway sign. You will definitely want to drive through that instead of the Highway 101 to see more scenic Redwood. 
  • Later on, get back on Highway 101 and if you want to see Elks, there's an area off the Davison Road in Orick that several elks can be seen. Just look for the sign!
  • Keep on driving towards the Orick town, you will see the sign that says Lady Bird Johnson Grove. This is another popular trail to see more Redwood. The walk is easy, but it's a little bit long for those that are no into hiking. You certainly don't have to do the whole loop. It's very much worth it to check this out. 
  • Afterwards, you can decide whether to keep on driving to the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center in Orick, where you can view an informative video and a beach access out at the back, OR you can continue driving to check out some beach towns along the way in California. 
Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox Babe at Trees of Mystery
Enderts Beach Lookout
Bridge Connects to Lady Bird Johnson Grove's Trail
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