Top Reasons to Go

  • Giant trees: These mature coastal redwoods, which you can hike beneath in numerous groves throughout the park, are the tallest trees in the world.
  • Hiking along the sea: The park offers many miles of ocean access, including the Coastal Trail, which runs along the western edge of the park.
  • 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 spring and fall migrations.
  • Stepping back in time: Hike mossy and mysterious Fern Canyon Trail and explore a prehistoric scene of lush vegetation and giant ferns—a memorable scene in Jurassic Park 2 was shot here.
  • Getting off-the-grid: Amid the majestic redwoods you're usually out of cell phone range and often free from crowds, offering a rare opportunity to disconnect.

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