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Redwood National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Redwood National Park Vacation

Soaring to more than 300 feet, the coastal redwoods that give this park its name are miracles of efficiency—some have survived hundreds of years (a few live for more than 2,000 years). These massive trees glean nutrients from the rich alluvial flats at their feet and from the moisture and nitrogen trapped in their uneven canopy. Their huge, thick-barked trunks can hold thousands of gallons

of water, reservoirs that have helped them withstand centuries of firestorms.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Giant trees These mature coastal redwoods are the tallest trees in the world.
  2. Hiking to the sea The park's trails wind through majestic redwood groves, and many connect to the Coastal Trail running along the western edge of the park.
  3. Rare wildlife Mighty Roosevelt elk favor the park's flat prairie and open lands; seldom-seen black bears roam the backcountry; trout and salmon leap through streams; and Pacific gray whales swim along the coast during their biannual migrations.
  4. Stepping back in time Hike Fern Canyon Trail and explore a prehistoric scene of lush vegetation and giant ferns.
  5. Cheeps, not beeps Amid the majestic redwoods you're out of range for cell-phone service—and in range for the soothing sounds of warblers and burbling creeks.

When To Go

When to Go

Campers and hikers flock to the park from mid-June to early September. Crowds disappear in winter, but you'll have to contend with frequent...

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