REDWOOD NATIONAL STATE PARKS
Plan Your Visit
View, download, and/or print-out the annual visitor guide . This edition focuses on Redwood's 40 fabulous miles of coastline. As always, find out about ranger-led activities, scenic drives, short walks, long hikes, area information, backcountry basics, camping, information centers, and the famous trees themselves.
Whether you prefer the comfort of a developed campground or the solitude of a backcountry camp, world-class camping opportunities abound at Redwood National & State Park
More than mere information, drop-by one of the parks' five visitor centers. It's a great way to start any Redwood adventure!
The Things To Do page features links to pages covering the diversity of activities available to visitors in Redwood. Things To Do include camping, hiking, backpacking, ranger-led programs , points of interest, horseback riding, scenic drives, nearby attractions, and many more opportunities in the redwoods, along the coastline, and in the prairies.
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Fees & Reservations
FEES AND RESERVATIONS
Entrance/Day-Use * National Park: Redwood National Park is free to visit! * California State Parks: Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast, and Prairie Creek Redwoods state parks collect day-use fees at campground entrance stations.
Camping * Campgrounds: Fees and reservations are required for camping at all campgrounds (except for the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground—fee only); Visit ReserveAmerica or call 1-800-444-7275 for more information. * Backcountry: Fees and permits are required for use of the Ossagon Creek and Miners Ridge backcountry campsites, payable at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.
Redwood National and State Parks
If you've only got time for a quick drive or two at RNSP, check below for some exciting opportunities. Choose from a variety of lengths, road conditions, and environments to suit your tastes. Howland Hill Road. NPS Collection Howland Hill Road.
Unpaved Scenic Roads
* Howland Hill Road (45 minutes one way). Discover the heart of the redwoods along this 6-mile (9½ km) improved gravel road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. A narrow and windy corridor, this route has numerous pullouts for you to stand beside an ancient one and offers many trailheads for exploration. Located at the northern end of the parks, Howland Hill Road is accessible from Highway 101 south of Crescent City by turning onto Elk Valley Road or from Highway 199, two miles east of the Hiouchi Information Center. Motorhomes and trailers not advised. * Davison Road (30 minutes one way). This narrow 8-mile (13 km) road goes through a young redwood forest to the gray sands of Gold Bluffs Beach. Explore this isolated area: endless trailheads enter Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, take a solar shower while staying at Gold Bluffs Beach campground, traverse the path and bridges along Fern Canyon with its 30-foot walls of ferns. Located on Highway 101 south from Crescent City 30 miles (48 km) or north two miles (3 km) from Orick. Vehicles and trailers with a combined length of more than 24 feet (7½ m) not permitted. State park day-use fee is charged. * Cal-Barrel Road (30 minutes one way) Travel this 3-mile (5 km) road through old-growth forest in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The narrow, winding road allows you time to look upon colossal redwoods. As pillars in the sky, see if your neck doesn't hurt! The turnoff is located north of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Trailers or motorhomes prohibited. * Bicycles are welcome on all roads. Crescent Beach Overlook. NPS Collection Crescent Beach Overlook.
Paved Scenic Drives
* Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (15-30 minutes one way). Ten-mile (16-km) drive through old-growth redwood forest in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Along the way, look for access to numerous trailheads and spy the brawny Roosevelt elk. This scenic alternate to Highway 101 begins six miles north of Orick or four miles south of Klamath. No commercial vehicles permitted. * Enderts Beach Road (5 minutes one way). This 2-mile (3-km) route offers excellent views of the ocean, whale watching opportunities, and access to tidepools and the Coastal Trail. The turnoff is two miles (3 km) south of Crescent City along Highway 101. * Requa Road (15 minutes one way). Drive 4-miles (6-½ km) paved along the Klamath River up a steep grade to the Klamath River Overlook. Excellent whale and seabird watching. Bring your camera! Located two miles (3 km) north of the Klamath River on Highway 101. High Bluff Overlook on Coastal Drive. NPS Collection. High Bluff Overlook on Coastal Drive.
Paved/Unpaved Scenic Road
* Coastal Drive (1-2 hours one way). Mostly gravel 8-mile (13-km) road offers magnificent views of the ocean and the Klamath River with its estuary. Whales, sea lions, and pelicans are often seen from overlooks. Offers access to the Coastal Trail, Flint Ridge section. From the north, take Highway 101 to Klamath Beach Road, then follow the Coastal Drive signs. From the south, travel Highway 101 to the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, then drive nine miles (14½ km) to the Coastal Drive turnoff. Trailers and motor homes prohibited.
NORTHCOAST MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center's (NMMC) mission is to promote the long-term health of marine mammals along approximately two hundred miles of remote coastline in Humboldt and Del Norte counties in Northern California. The NMMC does this through the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, or orphaned marine mammals.
The species we most often rehabilitate are pinnepeds: California sea lions, northern elephant seals, and Pacific harbor seals. Less common patients include northern fur seals, Guadalupe fur seals, and Steller's sea lions.
An additional goal of the NMMC is to develop and present educational programs that foster an understanding of marine mammals and their environment.
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is a private Non-Profit Organization , dedicated to the Rescue and Rehabilitation of stranded, sick or injured Seals, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales along the Northern most Coast of California. The Center, located in Crescent City's Beachfront Park (See Map) , also promotes public understanding of Marine Mammals and the importance of our Marine Environment.
We recognize our interdependence with Marine Mammals and our responsibility to use our intelligence, resources and compassion to ensure their survival and the conservation of their habitat.
The Center relies upon the generosity of its contributors; Donations, Volunteers and dedicated Medical Staff.
YOU can make a difference too -
Please visit this web site often and enjoy the Pictures of the Seals, Stories of Rescues and Releases, Kids Fun, make Donations, and buy from our Secure Server Ordering at the online Gift Shop.
- Harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from silver-gray to black or dark brown.
- They reach five to six feet (1.7-1.9 m) in length and weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg).
- Males are slightly larger than females.
- They are true or crawling seals, having no external ear flaps.
- True seals have small flippers and must move on land by flopping along on their bellies.
- In San Francisco Bay, many harbor seals are fully or partially reddish in color.
- This may be caused by an accumulation of trace elements such as iron or selenium in the ocean or a change in the hair follicle.
- Harbor seals are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
- In the northeast Pacific, they range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico.
- They favor near-shore coastal waters and are often seen at sandy beaches, mudflats, bays, and estuaries.
Fun for Kids
All Pinnipeds are protected in United States waters under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Pinnipedia is the Scientific Order that includes Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses.
The Scientific name for this group of animals, including Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses is … Pinnipedia.
It's a Latin word meaning “Fin-Footed” and refers to the modifications of limbs to flippers.
Pinnipeds have four (4) flippers – one (1) pair in front, and one (1) pair in back.
Pinnipeds are “Mammals” – that means they are “Warm-Blooded”, give live birth, nurse their young, breathe air, and… have hair! (Humans are also Mammals!)
Since Pinnipeds live in the ocean and find their food at sea, Pinnipeds are called “Marine Mammals.” Other marine mammals include Whales and Sea Otters.
Although marine mammals spend most of their time in the water, they also use the land. (Apart from Whales and Dolphins).
Pinnipeds may come ashore to rest, soak in the sun, and once a year to breed and give birth.
A Pinniped's body is insulated with a thick layer of fat, which we call “Blubber”.
Blubber lies just under the skin, and keeps them warm in the cold ocean waters, contributes to their streamlined shape and helps store energy.
How do you tell the difference between a Seal and a Sea Lion?
Sea Lion and Fur Seal Seals The head has small, tiny external ear flaps. The head has tiny ear holes, no flaps. The front flippers are long like wings, no hair and no nails. The front flippers are short and blunt and covered with hair, nails are on the ends. The hind flippers are large and like paddles. They are hairless, and are webbed. Nails appear halfway along middle three digits.
They CAN turn their hind flippers forward to move on land. The hind flippers are same as the front ones, and they CANNOT turn their hind flippers around.
So movement is harder for them.
See if you can answer these questions? All the answers are here on the site somewhere!
To handle or disturb them
What does “Pinniped” mean?
Stellar Sea Lions and Fur Seals all have what sort of ears?
Marine Mammals are protected by Law, so what is it “AGAINST the LAW” for people to do to them?
The Northern Elephant Seal is a frequent or a less frequent visitor to the area?
What Phone Number do you ring to report Marine Mammal Strandings?
Grey Whales can be seen offshore from when to when?
YOU and YOUR DONATIONS! Become a Member or give Donations
Why must you NOT touch beached Marine Mammals?
The animals may simply be resting on the beach, so you must NOT _______ them or _______ them away?
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is dedicated to what?
Who does the Center count on the MOST to help with their Rescues and Rehabilitation efforts?
Who does the Center rely upon MOST for money to cover Operating Costs, Equipment, and Fish for the Rescued Animals?
The St. George Reef Lighthouse is the result of the sinking of the coastal steamer Brother Jonathan, which sank on St. George Reef in July, 1865, with the loss of over 150 lives. As a result, planning was begun to place a lighthouse in these treacherous waters. Constructed between 1882-1892, St. George is called America's most expensive lighthouse, costing in excess of $700,000. Built on a small wave washed rock 6 miles off the coast near Crescent City, California, the lighthouse is composed of hundreds of individually cut granite blocks that were quarried nearly 100 miles South and transported to the site by steamer. Capped by a cast iron lantern room which housed a giant First Order lens, the structure rises 150 feet above the sea.
One of the Most Dangerous Stations
Over its years of service, St. George Lighthouse has withstood storms in which waves broke glass in the lantern room, and it was considered to be one of the most dangerous stations in the lighthouse service; during its history, four keepers have been killed while on duty.
National Register of Historical Places
Manned by personnel of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and later the Coast Guard, it was in operation until 1975. Its magnificent Fresnel Lens was removed to the Del Norte Country Historical Society Museum in 1983. Through the efforts of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society (SGRLPS), the lighthouse was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
St. George Reef Lighthouse Museum Collection
The Del Norte County Museum located at 577 "H" Street in Crescent City, has an excellent collection of material from St. George, including its magnificent Fresnel lens. A special two-story viewing room was built to house it. In addition, the museum has a collection of material from St. George, including photographs illustrating its history.
The lighthouse is located 6 miles at sea near the California/Oregon border. It can be viewed from Crescent City, California to Brooking's, Oregon and reached by helicopter. The rock on which the lighthouse was built is only 17 feet above sea level and affords no safe landing for boats. Originally, the lighthouse had a boom and derrick that hoisted men and supplies from the rolling deck of a lighthouse tender. After the steel derrick replaced the original wooden one, the tender launch could be lifted to the lower staging area at St. George.
Lighthouse Tours by Helicopter
Due to progress in restoration efforts, the SGRLPS is now offering helicopter flights and tours of the lighthouse to the public.
Weather permitting, flights will depart from the Crescent City Airport in a four place Raven R-44 helicopter. Passengers enjoy a six-minute flight to the lighthouse then landing on a 42-foot wide section of the caisson roof near the base of the tower. From there they are greeted by Society representatives and taken for a one-hour tour.
Flights are $170.00 per person
Cash or check only.
The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society
SGRLPS is a non-profit organization formed in 1988 whose goals were to first acquire and then preserve the St. George Reef lighthouse. The Government Services Administration (GSA), and Del Norte County completed the final transfer of St. George to the Society in 1996. The aim of the Society is to preserve this historic structure for future generations and to tell the story of the role this lighthouse played in the maritime history of the West Coast.
To help save the lighthouse, contact the society directly.
For more information on California Lighthouses, visit Legendary Lighthouses website from PBS
Cleanliness, convenience and client satisfaction are our mission. Our friendly staff have the RV supplies that you need on hand, as well as beer, ice, wine, a recreation facility and BBQ areas! Whether you intend on traveling around and seeing some of the sites such as Ocean World, the harbor, the Redwood Forest or just plan on hanging around the camp ground you will have all of the conveniences.
Sunset Harbor RV Park
205 King St.
Crescent City, CA 95531
Whether you're a lighthouse historian or enthusiast or just someone who appreciates the special quality, serenity and history of these weather- and time-tested gems, the Battery Point Lighthouse and St. George Reef Lighthouse won't disappoint you. Take tours of these two dramatic landmarks and enjoy the unique marine life and waterfowl.
For event more about California lighthouses visit the Legenday Ligthouses website from PBS .
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Keep watching for updates of flights to St. George Reef.
Tour is now schedule for Nov. 2010
Besure to book a flight now!. P lease call 707-464-8299 and ask for Guy or Alice or E-mail if interested.
Note: Due to flights that can be rescheduled or canceled due to weather or other unforeseen events, be sure to keep checking back to this web site for the latest information.
The St. George Reef Lighthouse is now a United States Postal Stamp and was released on June 21, 2007 as a .41 cent stamp. We have a special - limited - stamp done on day of issue. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TREES OF MYSTERY
Directly in the center of the Redwood National and State Parks, we are CALIFORNIA'S REDWOOD
nature attraction and have been welcoming visitors to this part of the world for over 50 years. We are
the premier Nature Attraction on California's North Coast. Welcome to the California Redwoods!
What we are: We are an 8/10ths of a mile groomed interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring Redwoods of Northern California. Part of the trail (The Trail of Tall Tales)is devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan, America's larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century. The trail, museum, gift shop, restaurant and motel are geared toward the family or group traveler. The trail is open and maintained year-round. We offer a shuttle to Sky Trail for those who cannot easily walk the trail. In the summer months, our 49 foot 2 inch tall Paul Bunyan and his 35 foot tall friend, Babe the Blue Ox , waves and welcomes you to the Trees of Mystery. The free admission End of the Trail Native American museum is one of the very best privately owned collections in the world. For us it has been a fifty year love affair with the Super natural magic of the Redwoods, the touring public and the wonder and amazement on the face of a five year old hearing Paul Bunyan say "Hi there, friend! Welcome to the Trees of Mystery!" Plan to spend at least half a day with us, there is much to see and do! The Trees of Mystery is located on Highway 101, 36 miles south of the Oregon border. We are 320 miles north of San Francisco. We are in the center of the Redwood forests of California, adjacent to the world famous Klamath river and of course, right on the Pacific Coast. It has been our great pleasure to awe, entertain and edify the traveling public for the past 50 years!
SkyTrail gondola ride through the treetops Weddings among the Trees BIG Trees some of the trees along the trail Unique and Unusual Gifts redwood crafts, live burls Tons of Fun Paul and Babe, official greeters Admission, Hours Vital info... Free information Package info about us and the area, sent to you Free News at the Trees of Mystery About Redwood Trees interesting redwood information Comments? Questions? E-mail us at: email@example.com
Trees of Mystery 15500 Highway 101 North Klamath, CA. 95548 1-800-638-3389 1-707-482-2251 FAX 1-707-482-2005
Ocean World aquarium is privately owned and operated and has been in Crescent City since 1964. Originally Ocean World was called Under Sea Gardens and was located in the small boat basin. It was a barge that was built in Seattle as an aquarium and floated down to Crescent City and rested in the harbor. Visitors would descend below the surface of the water to observation windows to view the sea life.
In 1985 the barge was moved to dry land and took on a new life as Undersea World aquarium. The aquarium now consists of tanks holding over half a million gallons and an abundance of sea life, including sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels. Now with a name change to Ocean World and added attractions of shark petting, interactive tide pool, and a highflying sea lion performance, we have something for the whole family.
Our tour begins with a trip to our interactive touch and feel Tide Pool Exhibit . On your way you will see some local flora. There is even a place to take a picture with our friendly pirates.
Your guide will tell you about the life in our tide pool, learn about sea anemones, sea stars, nudibranchs, sea slugs, and more. The trip to the tide pool is both fun and educational!
Frequently asked questions:
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Things to know about our tours:
Tours are fully guided by our professional tour guides.
Tours run during daylight hours. Our tanks are naturally lit.
Tours take about 40 to 45 minutes.
Tours aren't on a specific schedule, so you'll never have to wait more than 20 minutes.
No dogs or smoking on the tour.
Print a coupon for 10% off the admission price
of a guided tour.
North Coast Nature Center
North Coast Nature Center
1279 Second Street
Crescent City CA 95531
The mission of the North Coast Nature Center is to make a connection between people and animals in order to inspire environmental stewardship. The North Coast Nature Center is a hands on, discovery museum featuring animals native to the northern coast of California and from around the world.
An outdoor adventure in Del Norte County can be as peaceful as sitting on a bluff catching a glimpse of a rare and beautiful bird, or as exhilarating as rushing down Klamath River whitewater rapids. You can simply sit back and relax while driving through the redwoods on Howland Hill Road, taking a Fun Bus Tour, riding the Sky Trail above the treetops, or cruising the river on a Jet Boat Tour. But, if you're more inclined to engage in challenging physical adventures, you can go kayaking, river and ocean fishing, surfing, and hiking and biking on our more strenuous trails. And there is so much in between like golfing, canoeing, birdwatching or having a picnic on the beach.
For history buffs and those interested in Native American artifacts, you can enjoy a large collection at the End of the Trail Museum as well as a fine collection of basketry at the Del Norte County Historical Society Main Museum . And don't forget our two lighthouses, Battery Point and St. George Reef perched on the rugged Pacific Coastline.
All you have to do is relax, have fun, and enjoy your stay in The Real Northern California.
Check nature walks and ranger-led programs in the Redwood National and State Parks.
FunBus tours take you where others don't. Visit the amazing Jurassic Park's Fern Canyon, Gold Bluffs Beach, “Big Tree” giant Redwood Grove, and Yurok tribal ceremonial grounds. Other adventures include birding, history/lighthouse, whale-watching and Oregon Cave Tours. Custom tours available on request. Reservations are required.
Del Norte County is one of the most exciting and scenic places to visit in search of birds in California. This tiny county in the most northwestern corner of the state is known for its diversity of habitats; majestic redwood forests, dramatic shoreline, the West Coast's largest coastal lagoon, open and forested sand dunes, hidden ponds, year-round creeks, and pristine rivers.
Del Norte County is home to hundreds of bird species. Here is a helpful quick-list of local birdwatching experts, guides and birding tours. Our local experts will help you add to your birding list. Read more about birding in general in the birding section .
Del Norte County is a great spot to see birds, however you might just catch a glimpse of a bird you haven't seen before! To help with the identifying of these birds, we have compiled a small list of the Unusual and Rare Birds you can see here in Del Norte County!