Lying at the boundary of two distinct soil types and positioned halfway between the cool coastal zone and the warmer interior forest, the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area has received one of four special botanical designations within the Smith River Watershed. While the botanical area contains nearly 2,000 acres and ranges in elevation between 200 and 1,400 feet, the Myrtle Creek Trail is a 1-mile romp through the lower elevations above the namesake creek. The trail packs a lot of interest and diversity, including second-growth redwood forest and mixed evergreen forest, into a small package. Interpretive signs provide extensive insights into the human and natural history of this unique environment.
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