See Spectacular Redwood National and State Parks
The Redwood National and State Parks can be found within the northwestern section of California near the Pacific Coast. The national park section of these parks was established as such back in 1968 and the state parks include Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek. All four parks are where approximately forty-five percent of all the redwood trees are located.
These trees are massive in both width and in height and visitors can spend a day or a week walking the trails to see them. There are more than two hundred miles of trails throughout these four parks, and they take people through all areas of nature. A few trails will lead people through the prairies, while others will go towards the beaches or the old-growth redwood forests. Some of the trails are paved, but most of them are topped with compacted gravel. They are all fairly easy to walk along.
The Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center is the largest of all five visitor centers within these parks and it is full of multiple exhibits as well as a video about the ecology of the redwoods. A small sandy beach is next to this visitor center and it is the perfect place to sit and relax after a long day of hiking the trails.
Many people will find themselves doing other activities other than hiking when they are in the Redwood National and State Parks. Some of the other activities include horseback riding, biking, fishing, and kayaking. There are a few designated campgrounds within these parks, but reservations are necessary to guarantee an available campsite. There are no hotels or other types of lodging within the parks, but there are plenty of places to stay outside the park area. Visitors can even choose to camp in the backcountry of these parks, but they will need a permit to do so.
The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is one of the many drives that people can take when they are visiting the Redwood National and State Parks. This scenic route is ten miles each way and it passes through the middle of the old growth redwood forest within the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. While on this road, people may capture a glimpse of a herd of Roosevelt elk.
The Redwood National and State Parks are simply fascinating, and everyone will want to have their picture taken next to one of the humongous redwood trees. There will be plenty to choose from, and everyone will just need to choose their favorite one or have multiple pictures taken.