The Redwood National and State Park system covers a mammoth 206 square miles. Except for a spartan youth hostel, there are no permanent accommodations within its grounds. Therefore, visitors who wish to stay inside the park and have better access to its trails and other features will need to camp. The National Park itself is home to several campgrounds, although it is a good idea to check out the park regulations before planning a trip to one.
Redwood National Park's grounds protect roughly 45 percent of the remaining old growth redwoods, and is home to a number of threatened and endangered species such as the bald eagle, chinhook salmon, and spotted owl. It became a World Heritage Site in 1980. There are well over 200 miles of hiking trails in the park. The park is open all year, and the National Park is free of charge. However, the associated State Parks all charge admission fees.
Redwood National and State Parks
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, California 95531
Tel: (707) 464-6101
Camping is allowed in the park, but it requires a permit. Permits for camping along Redwood Creek can be had at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, while permits for Miner's Ridge and Ossagon Creek are available at the Prairie Creek Entrance Station. There are also a number of other campsites in the park with basic facilities, each requiring a decent hike to access from the main road. These are Little Bald Hills, Nickel Creek, DeMartin, Flint Ridge, and Elam. No permits are required for these campgrounds.
Backpackers are permitted to collect no more than 50 pounds of down wood from the forest per day. There is a limit of eight people per camp site, and stays are limited to 5 consecutive days, with an annual aggregate limit of 15 days. The park is bear country, and proper food storage is demanded of campers under the law. Every camp site provides a food storage locker to help campers comply with this. Pets, motor vehicles, guns, and mushroom gathering are also illegal inside the park, as is burning a fire anywhere outside a designated area.
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