Known internationally for its natural beauty, recreational wonders, and cultural intrigue, the Redwood Forest is the ultimate adventure spot. This road trip is so kindly referred to as “one of the best in the West.” and should be on the top of every bucket list.
NPR’s Ketzel Levine states, “moving through a grove of immense trees is so surreal.” “It’s tough to get your bearings. Some of these creatures put down their first, thirsty roots 2,000 years ago. To describe their beauty is to miss their menace; to speak of their size is to deny their grace. Fallen logs the size of beached whales…charred stumps a team of horses high and wide…and in the air, the scent of earth, barks and compost stirred with the wind,” said Levine.
Whether you choose to stroll along the beach or hike through the woods, the Redwood National Park is the perfect woodland escape, because it allows you to step back in time.
This hot spot destination attracts many travelers from not only the U.S. but also across the sea. Last year, this area saw a 12% increase in international travelers.
From wholesome families to adventure fanatics, this location attracts all sorts of nature lovers. No matter your skill, visitors are welcome to hike, bike, camp, & even horseback ride through the 200+ miles of trails that weave through this lush woodland environment.
We encourage you to check out the many cultural immersion groups that venture into the forest! These group experiences will help you understand the history these big beauties bring.
Photo Opps Galore
Looking for that perfect photo? This lush forest sets the perfect backdrop for that Instagram ready pic. See the list of most popular photo opp locations: Fern Canyon, Stout Grove: Jedidiah Smith State Park, Damnation Creek Trail, & Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Don't forget to beat the crowds by arriving in the early morning!
Many wonder about “where are we going to eat?” To their surprise, Humboldt County offers an ary of culinary spots. You will find hat locations chefs make the most of their surrounding local farms, the sea, and many local pastures. If you want something special, check out Humboldt’s Bay Oysters, Grass-fed Beef, Cypress Grove Chèvre, and other fresh seafood. VIEW MORE
Experience this expansive area – which is really a network of national & state parks – by going beyond the obligatory “tree-hug” photo with these top list of things to do:
Drive the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
This is a 10-mile road that cuts through the heart of the forest. During this drive, you may be lucky enough to see some elk and wild animals roaming.
Hike to Fern Canyon on James Irvine Trail
On this 9-mile roundtrip hike, experience the woods through a prehistoric tense. This part of the forest has been filmed on a variety of movie and TV shows ex. Jurassic Park 2!
Ride Trees of Mystery
The Trees of Mystery is a 0.8 mile interpretive trail where you will see over 50 wooden chainsaw-carved sculptures, the SkyTrail gondola, and the Redwoods Treewalk.
Sip a Flight of Hoppy Brews
For our 21+ travelers, don’t miss Lost Coast Brewery, where you will find a Mecca of malty and hoppy delights served up brewery style.
REDWOODS: Camp among world’s tallest trees – Humboldt Redwoods State Park with Eel river access and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, a part of the Redwood National & State Park, where the Roosevelt elk roam, Richardson Grove, Van Duzen County Park & Grizzly Creek SP also offer redwoods & river access.
RIVER: Van Duzen County Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Richardson Grove, Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park on the Eel River or Camp Kimtu on the Trinity River.
BEACH: Gold Bluffs Beach, Clam Beach, Big Lagoon and Patrick’s Point State Park have easy access to the ocean, hiking and beach combing.