Attractions in Redwoods, California

Attractions in Redwoods, California
The California Redwoods are a network of forests with some trees standing over 300 feet tall. Visitors to one of the California State Parks can begin a coastal tour from the north at Crescent City and travel down Highway 101 to the San Francisco Bay Area. While the main attractions are the trees themselves, many parks contain sites for camping, streams for fishing, and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Redwood seekers will delight in the Jedediah Smith State Park in Del Norte County, California. The park and campground is open year-round and contains 20 miles of trails for hiking. Tent and RV campsites are available for reservation between Highway 199 and the Smith River. Anglers can fish for steelhead trout and king salmon in the Mill and Smith Rivers. The Boy Scout Trail is a 7 mile path, stocked with ferns and redwoods. Additional lanes are marked for horseback riding and bicycling. An on-site visitor center contains a store and exhibits.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Highway 199
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 458-3018
parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The 53000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park measures in as the world's largest old-growth redwood forest. This park is open year-round, with a visitor center and campsites for tents and RV campers. Swimming is permitted in the river, but the park does not maintain a lifeguard on-duty. Visitors can canoe or kayak along the river, particular during summer river flows. Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains 85 miles of multi-use trails for mountain biking, with five trail camps established within the park. Equestrian enthusiasts can stage a horseback riding trip from the Cuneo Creek Horse Camp for a fee, but the park itself has no horse rental services.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park
P.O. Box 100
Weott, CA 95571
(707) 946-2409
parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=425

Armstrong Redwoods State Park

Located in Sonoma County, the Armstrong Redwoods State Park showcases a 310-foot tree, called the Parson Jones Tree, and a 1400-year-old tree named the Colonel Armstrong Tree. Both contain sign marker designations near the park's entrance. Overnight camping is available at the Austin Creek State Recreation Area, located next to the Armstrong Redwood Grove. Dogs are permitted in the park, if kept on a leash. The park contains several trails, ranging from less than 1 mile to approximately 10 miles in length. The Back Country loop climbs 1000 feet, while the Pioneer Trail and East Ridge Trail offer shorter and less-strenuous hikes. Horseback riding trails are often open during the summer season. The Armstrong Woods Pack Station has information on rental companies.

Armstrong Redwoods State Park
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-2015
parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=450

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located in Santa Cruz County, on the southern end of the coastal redwoods. Hikers can venture through trails with Ponderosa pines and redwood groves. The park may be used for day use or overnight camping. Tent and RV sites with on-site restroom and shower facilities are available. Bikers may travel on fire roads, and dogs are permitted on the Graham Hill Trail and Meadow Trail, if kept on a leash. The San Lorenzo River contains salmon and steelhead trout during the winter months. The Henry Cowell State Park is equipped with wireless Internet service at the park store.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 438-2396
parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546

Article Written By Matt Becht

Matt Becht is a freelance filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio. Becht’s college curriculum included courses in English composition, creative writing, and scriptwriting. He began writing professionally in 2009, and has been published in eHow, Trails.com, Travels.com and Golflink.com. Becht holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

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