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This colorful tree was near Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith State Park. It is a good area to see redwood trees too.
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Redwood National Park

1111 Second Street Crescent City, CA 95531
The two main visitor centers are open 9-5 & 9-4 in winter. Park is open 24 hours.
707-465-7335 1 day
November 2012 Summer
$0-9 Crescent City California
Website Nature National Parks
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Founded in 1968, Redwood National Park is comprised of both California and national park units, which are administered collaboratively. The combined acreage is 133,000. Ancient and superlative redwood trees including some of the largest tracts of old growth redwood forest in the world are the main attraction here.

Prior to American settlement in the 1800s, there were 2 million acres of redwood forests. Most were lost in an era of rampant logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Meaningful preservation did not begin until 1918, when the Save the Redwoods League was formed to save the remaining groves. Thanks to this group and the state of California, several state parks were created in the 1920s. Additional protection came with the US national park in 1968 and a boundary expansion of the national park in 1978.

Redwood National Park is about 60 miles long with a thin middle section and larger units in the north and south with visitor centers. It’s a good idea to go to a visitor center first to get information about trail conditions and closures ect..., before heading out. In the north, the Howland Hill Road passes many redwoods in Jedediah Smith State Park. Just off this road is the ½ mile Stout Grove Trail, an easy walk around many impressive trees. Heading south, there is a worthwhile coastal drive and old WWII radar station near the Klamath River. Prairie Creek State Park has extensive stands of old growth redwood and numerous short trails along a scenic drive. The Kuchel Visitor Center located on the coast has a small museum with information about redwood trees and habitat types. The Lady Bird Johnson Grove is an easy trail in a redwood grove, or, for the more adventurous, the Tall Trees Trail offers both a workout and stately trees (a review is listed below). With a well-designed main road and plenty of trails, Redwood Park is easy to tour. It will most interest nature types who want to experience the majesty of ancient redwood trees up close.
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