List of Things to Do in Redwood National Park

List of Things to Do in Redwood National Park
Open year round, the 131, 000 acres dedicated as the Redwood National and State Parks make up one of the most beautiful places in North America. Outdoor enthusiasts visit this natural wonder every year to participate in outdoor activities while taking in the splendor of the wild redwood coastline. Still containing 45 percent of the old growth redwoods, hiking among these giants during a summer fog can be an extraordinary experience.

Coastal Hiking

Although Redwood Forest National Park is best known for its hikes through the infamous redwood trees, most visitors are surprised to find out that there is over 70 miles of coastal trails as well. Adventurous hikers of all skill levels can day hike or backpack starting from several different access points. Highlights of these hikes include sandy beaches, tide pools and the jagged Pacific coastline. Backpackers can also string the multiple coastal trails together to enjoy a multi-day back country adventure. Back country camping permits are available at the Visitors Center.

Hiking Among the Redwoods

Walking through a dense forest of Redwoods on a misty morning can be a memorable experience. Redwood Forest National Park is home to over 56 miles in trails ranging from sea level up to 3,000 feet in elevation. Rich in history and ecology, the trails of the Redwood Forest traverse through old mining camps and densely vegetated forests of mosses, trees and ferns. The National Park is also home to abundant wildlife including black bears, mountain lions and elk. Remember to admire wildlife from afar.


Redwood Forest National Park has developed bike trails that extend beyond the National Park and into Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Although you will not find any hardcore single-track routes, many of the trails will carry you through some of the world's most diverse ecosystems. One of the most popular routes is the Enderts Beach Trail which is a part of the California Coastal Trail. Enderts Beach Trail winds through open prairies and scenic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

White Water Kayaking

Home to Klamath River, Redwood Forest National Park offers a wealth of white water kayaking opportunities. Aptly nicknamed the Jekyll and Hyde rapids, the Klamath River has two very distinct personalities. Featuring over 200 rapids along a stretch of 187 miles, the upper portion of the river is the wildest while the lower portion near the National Park is often more tame; it allows boaters to soak up the wildlife and scenery.

Horseback Riding

Horse owners can tour the National Park by horseback on the Redwood Creek Horse Trail. Featuring four possible loop trails and two campsites riders can spend several days of riding among the giant redwoods. Visitors can also take guided day or overnight rides by reserving spot with Redwood Trails.

Redwood Trails
265 Redwood Trails Circle
Trinidad, CA
(707) 498-4827

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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