California State Parks contain the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. The state park scheme take account of state parks, state natural reserves, state historic parks, state historic monuments, state beaches, state recreation areas, state vehicular recreation areas, state seashores, and state marine parks. Surrounded by the system are natural and cultural conserves, coastal beaches, remarkable homes, museums, lakes and reservoirs, visitor centers, lighthouses, conference centers, and off-highway vehicle recreation areas.
Redwood National and State Parks (the parks) in extreme northwestern California, consist of four units: Redwood National Park (under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service) and three state parks—Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks (under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Parks and Recreation). Together, these parks in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties encompass some 131,983 acres, 71,715 acres of which are federally owned and fall within Redwood National Park. This national park system unit stretches about 50 miles in length with 37 miles of coastline and varies in width from 0.5 mile to 8 miles. Park headquarters are in Crescent City, California, which is equidistant (350 miles) between San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon. Five information centers provide orientation, information, and trip-planning advice.
Activities which will fascinate you include: kayaking or rafting with Redwood Rides, visit Crescent City at sunset.There are a few areas to park and walk down to the water, where you’ll have an incredible view of many sea stacks and the waves crashing against them. Hike the Boy Scout Trail–ranging from 4.8-5.3 miles. This hike takes you through the redwoods and ends at a small waterfall. Wander around Stout Grove–0.5 miles. Although it’s short, it’s easy to spend a lot of time here admiring the trees. Make sure to see Stout Tree, the largest tree at Stout Grove which is 325 feet high and 16.7 feet wide!Walk the Simpson-Reed Trail–0.8 miles. This is another short and easy trail that’s great for everyone.
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