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Redwood National & State Parks
In northwestern California, near Orick
The park, which runs for 40 mi along the Pacific Coast, is best known for its magnificent old-growth redwoods, some of the world's tallest trees. Redwoods can live more than 2,000 years and grow to over 300 feet tall. Less well known are the parks prairies, oak woodlands, and coastal and marine ecosystems. The area encompasses three state parks: Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Jede-diah Smith Redwoods. The park was established in 1968 and designated a World Heritage Site in 1980 and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1983.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto touring, backpacking, bicycling, bird-, elk-, and whale-watching, hiking, horseback riding and tours, picnicking. Facilities: 2 information centers: Crescent City (1111 2nd St.) and Hiouchi (Rte. 199) 3 visitor centers: Jedediah Smith (U.S. 101, Hiouchi), Prairie Creek (Newton Drury Scenic Pkwy., off U.S. 101), Thomas H. Kuchel (U.S. 101, Orick); hiking trails, outdoor interpretive exhibits. Bookstores, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Ranger-led programs (mid-June-Labor Day), environmental education programs (Mar-May, Oct. and Nov.), children's program (mid-June-Labor Day). Wildflower walks (spring), Founders Day (Aug. 25). Tips & Hints: Wear layers of clothing to handle varying temperatures between coastal and inland sections. Bring rain gear and good walking shoes. After hiking, carefully check your body for ticks, as ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in the area. Do not hike alone. Both cougars and bears inhabit the parklands; if you see either, do not run away; wave your arms to scare it off. Borrow animal-proof food canisters at Redwood Information Center. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded in Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the parks: Mill Creek (Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park; 145 sites; $12-$ 15; flush toilets, showers; closed Oct.-Apr.), Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (106 sites; $12-$15; flush toilets, showers), Elk Prairie (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; 75 sites; flush toilets, showers), Gold Bluffs Beach (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; 29 sites; $12-$ 15; flush toilets, showers). Backcountry camping allowed (permit required, see below). Hotels: In the parks: De Martin Redwood Youth Hostel (Wilson Creek Rd., 14480 U.S. 101, Klamath, tel. 707/482-8265 or 800/909-4776 Ext. 733; 28 dorm beds, 1 private room; $16 per person). In Crescent City: Hampton Inn & Suites (100 A St., tel. 707/465-5400; 53 rooms; $89-$149). X Restaurants: None in parks. In Crescent City: Harbor View Grotto (150 Starfish Way, tel. 707/464-3815; $5-$15). Groceries: None in park. In Orick: Orick Market (121175 U.S. 101, tel. 707/488-3225). In Klamath: Woodland Villa Grocery Store (15870 U.S. 101, tel. 707/482-2081).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Permit required for backcountry camping (tel. 707/464-6101). Tall Tree Outfitters offers guided day and overnight horseback rides (tel. 707/488-5785). Redwood Creek Trail is impassable during high water. California state fishing license required. No pets on any trails. Leashed pets only. Park open daily. Information center hours: Crescent City daily 9-5. Hiouchi mid-June-mid-Sept. daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
The park runs along U.S. 101 from Hiouchi (Rte. 199) to Crescent City and down to Orick. Park headquarters and information center is in Crescent City. Redwood information center is 335 mi north of San Francisco on U.S. 101 about 2 mi west of Orick. Closest airport: Eu-reka-Arcata and Crescent City.
Redwood National Park (1111 2nd St., Crescent City, CA 95531, tel. 707/464-6101). Orick Chamber of Commerce (Box 234, Orick, CA 95555, tel. 707/488-2885). Crescent City Chamber of Commerce (1001 Front St., Crescent City, CA 95531, tel. 707/464-3174 or 800/343-8300).
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