Redwood National Park, California

Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all people.

Redwood National Park Info


Redwood National Park

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News

Temporary Closure of Road to Gold Bluffs Beach

Beginning Sunday evening at 6 p.m., Sept. 9, Redwood National and State Parks’ Davison Road, the dirt access road to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon, will be closed to all traffic four days a week through Oct. 11.

Redwood National and State Parks and Save the Redwoods League Announce Free “Stand for the Redwoods Festival”

Redwood National and State Parks and Save the Redwoods League Announce Free “Stand for the Redwoods Festival” in Orick, Humboldt County, CA. Sunday, October 7, at 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Performers include Monophonics;Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra; and Saritah This free festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Redwood National Park and Save the Redwoods League’s Centennial.

Redwood National and State Parks to Reopen Northern Section of California Coastal Trail

Redwood National and State Parks is pleased to announce that the section of the California Coastal Trail (CCT) in the parks between the Crescent Beach Overlook trailhead and the Damnation Creek trailhead will re-open for public use by Friday, July 27.

Redwood National Park Photos

Elk Coastal Plain

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Elk Coastal Plain

Elk hide in the grass of a coastal plain at the Redwood National Park in California.

California, USA. 2013

Among the Giants - Humboldt County, California (2018)

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Among the Giants  -  Humboldt County, California  (2018)

Tallest Living Things on Earth

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Tallest Living Things on Earth

Hard to believe that these giants get upwards of a third of their water requirements from the omnipresent coastal fog.

The industrial revolution arrived in California in the mid-19th century driving intense demand for lumber. The massive coast redwoods seemed a boon for commercial loggers, but their efforts quickly decimated the old growth forests. Today, about 6% of the original coast redwood habitat is old-growth forest, and much of what remains was reforested with other species of trees that made it hard for the remaining redwoods to survive.

By the early twentieth century, conservationists had lobbied to protect these lands and trees, and a complex system of state and nationally protected lands emerged. In 1994, the California state and National Park services agreed to comanage the lands as one unit. There has been significant progress in restoring the Mill Creek Watershed to a more natural state, removing old logging roads and clearing some of the Douglas-fir planted by the logging companies, to allow for the redwoods to thrive and flourish again.

Though not quite as staffed and managed as other National Parks, Redwood National and State Parks is a magnificent place for hikers, nature lovers, and photographers. Take the opportunity to visit Northern California and see for yourself. You'll be glad that you did!

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail

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Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail at Redwood State and National Parks, Minnesota.

Redwood Creek Overlook, California Coastal Mountains

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Redwood Creek Overlook, California Coastal Mountains

Mountains along the California coast, as seen from Redwood Creek Overlook along Bald Hills Road, Redwood National and State Parks, California.

A Walk Amoung the Giants

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A Walk Amoung the Giants

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Morning in the Forest

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Morning in the Forest

Sunrise in the Redwoods

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Sunrise in the Redwoods

Giants of the Forest

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Giants of the Forest

The Face in the Redwood

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The Face in the Redwood

Fern Canyon

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Fern Canyon

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Look Up!

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Look Up!

Old growth redwoods

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Old growth redwoods

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte co., CA

Creek in the Forest - Humboldt County, California (2018)

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Creek in the Forest  -  Humboldt County, California  (2018)

Syzygy

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Syzygy

Some migratory journeys are never supposed to have a destination; ask the setting sun. Some journeys are themselves the destination; those waves will insist. A few journeys are never peripatetic; ask those boulders on the beach. And some nomadic journeys are all about aligning oneself with one's core; ask me.

The Damnation Faith

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The Damnation Faith

My dear Bapi,
You probably know how things are with me these days. Yes, I have scaled a few more summits in my life. At the same time, a few nadirs have plunged me to their depths as well. At times, when the air gets heavy and my lungs accumulate water, I think of you and how you reacted to my circumstances. When things were bright, the brightness would spread to that smile on your face, which would beam like a sunstar with pride. And when the going got gloomy, you would listen to my situation and calmly say, always, ‘everything will be alright’. Those words never sounded true, but your conviction felt warm like a few drops of sunshine in a deep dark forest.

Talking about forests, your grandson and I recently visited the Redwood national park and hiked a trail with a soulful name: The Damnation trail. The trail was lined by thousands of redwood trees. Some were young and others were old – perhaps, thousands of years old. These old redwoods have probably seen everything there is to see during a life. Like us, some redwoods are broken, some are burnt, others wilted and a few literally gutted. Yet, most of them stand tall trying their best to reach their stars. Perhaps believing – as all old souls like you do – ‘everything will be alright’. Such a hope never sounded true, but their conviction felt warm… yeah, just like a few drops of sunshine in your eyes.

PS: We miss you. Everyday. Four years later, your physical absence doesn’t feel real. With that smile on your face, you remain safe in our hearts where you still try to assure me in that calm voice… everything will be alright. As always, I don't believe you, but your conviction feels wet in the eyes.

Forest in the Clouds - Humboldt County, California (2018)

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Forest in the Clouds  -  Humboldt County, California (2018)

Family portrait

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Family portrait

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte co., CA