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Redwood National Park

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Redwood National Park is most commonly known for being the home to the tallest trees on Earth. The ancient coast redwood ecosystem protected by the park contains some of the world's most spectacular forests. In additional to the majestic redwoods, visitors can explore oak woodlands, vast prairies, wild rivers, and nearly 40 miles of stunning coastline. The park is also home to an amazing diversity of life as well as a rich cultural history. A visit to the park is sure to provide visitors with a myriad of opportunities for inspiration, enjoyment, and education.

To learn more about Redwood National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Operating hours for each visitor center vary by season. For more information and to see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.

  • Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center: Open year round, 7 days/week (excluding major holidays). 9 am to 5 pm in summer, and 9 am to 4 pm in the off season.
  • Hiouchi Information Center: Open year round, 7 days/week (excluding major holidays). 9 am to 5 pm in summer, and 9 am to 4 pm in the off season.
  • Jedediah Smith Visitor Center: Open summer only, 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Prairie Creek Visitor Center: Open year round, 7 days/week (excluding major holidays). 9 am to 5 pm in summer, and 9 am to 4 pm in the off season.
  • Crescent City Information Center: Open summer, daily 9 am to 5 pm. Varying hours of operation in the off-season.

Visiting Tips

Redwood National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for Redwood National Park.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, reservations are strongly recommended. The rest of the year, all campsites are available on a first come, first-served basis. For more information on camping in the park, visit the park's website.

  • Jedediah Smith Campground: 86 sites. Open year round. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-444-7275.
  • Mill Creek Campground: 145 sites. Open May 15 through September 30. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-444-7275.
  • Elk Prairie Campground: 75 sites. Open year round. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-444-7275.
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: 26 sites. Open year round. Reservations can be made online.

Backcountry Camping:
The park has eight designated backcountry campsites. Free permits are required for all overnight stays in designated backcountry campsites and may be obtained from Kuchel Visitor Center, Crescent City Information Center, and Hiouchi Information Center (summer only). For more information on backcountry camping in the park, click here.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants located within the park, but there are a number of dining options in the surrounding the towns.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Redwood National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs and activities from mid-May to mid-September. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

Whether enjoying a short stroll through the redwoods, heading out on a multi-day excursion, kayaking with a ranger on the Smith River, horseback riding, or camping under the stars, visitors will have their choice of ways to explore the park. In addition to these activities, be sure to check out the opportunities for mountain biking in the park and for rock climbing along the coast.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Redwood National Park - 7

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gem Favorite Steep walls lined with lush ferns grace the Fern Canyon Loop Trail.

Fern Canyon

(33) Westhav…, CA
gem Favorite Redwoods along the Tall Trees Grove Trail.

Tall Trees Grove

(14) Westhav…, CA
gem Favorite The foot bridge over Smith River.

Stout Grove

(14) Bertsch…, CA
gem Favorite That's one massive tree! (Big Tree Wayside)

Big Tree Wayside

(11) Westhav…, CA
gem Favorite There are traces of the Old Redwood Highway still visible on the cliffs above Enderts Beach.

Enderts Beach

(6) Bertsch…, CA
gem Favorite The view of the Klamath River flowing into the Pacific Ocean is quite beautiful.

Klamath River Overlook

(7) Bertsch…, CA
gem Favorite Klamath Beach Trail traverses a verdant forest rife with undergrowth before popping out on the beach.

Klamath Beach and Estuary

(4) Bertsch…, CA

Recommended Routes in Redwood National Park - 11

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Favorite Redwood National and State Parks - Redwood Hiker
Intermediate

James Irvine to Fern Canyon

11.9 mi 19.1 km 1,610' Up 490.67 m Up 1,610' Down 490.63 m Down

Crescen…, CA
Favorite This trail makes you feel like you should see a dinosaur.
Intermediate/Difficult

Damnation Creek Trail

3.7 mi 6.0 km 1,215' Up 370.28 m Up 1,200' Down 365.65 m Down

Bertsch…, CA
Favorite Lady Bird Johnson Grove on a lovely, misty day.
Easy

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail

1.4 mi 2.3 km 88' Up 26.73 m Up 88' Down 26.86 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Redwood sunset.
Easy/Intermediate

Stout Memorial Grove

1.3 mi 2.1 km 245' Up 74.73 m Up 245' Down 74.64 m Down

Bertsch…, CA
Favorite Redwood National and State Parks - Redwood Hiker
Intermediate

Redwoods Splendor Loop

16.9 mi 27.3 km 3,718' Up 1133.29 m Up 3,708' Down 1130.34 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Lyons Ranch Trail offers pleasant views.
Easy/Intermediate

Lyons Ranch Trail

3.6 mi 5.8 km 463' Up 140.98 m Up 463' Down 141.06 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Hiking under fallen redwoods on the way down to Tall Trees Grove.
Intermediate/Difficult

Emerald Ridge - Redwood Creek Loop

5.3 mi 8.6 km 860' Up 262.21 m Up 756' Down 230.56 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Steep walls lined with lush ferns grace the Fern Canyon Loop Trail.
Intermediate

Friendship Ridge Loop Hike

8.0 mi 12.9 km 1,168' Up 355.87 m Up 1,167' Down 355.68 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Mossy tree near Trillium Falls
Intermediate

Trillium Falls Loop Trail

2.7 mi 4.3 km 510' Up 155.43 m Up 509' Down 155.26 m Down

Westhav…, CA
Favorite Sunshine filtering through the canopy of trees along the Hope Creek Trail.
Intermediate

Hope Creek/Ten Taypo Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km 730' Up 222.5 m Up 728' Down 222.03 m Down

Bertsch…, CA
Favorite Ocean view from Yurok Loop Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Yurok Loop Trail

1.1 mi 1.8 km 80' Up 24.28 m Up 79' Down 24.01 m Down

Bertsch…, CA

Redwood National Park Hiking

  • 315 Miles 507 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 7 Gems Gems
  • 36 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 65 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 4 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Redwood National Park - 94

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0.7 mi 1.1 km #1Fern Canyon Loop Trail
Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA 25 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #2Tall Trees Trail
Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA 22 
2.5 mi 4.1 km #3Boy Scout Tree Trail
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA 22 
9.8 mi 15.7 km #4Coastal Trail: South
Easy/Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
5.0 mi 8.1 km #5James Irvine Trail
Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #6Klamath Beach Trail
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
4.3 mi 6.9 km #7Prairie Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Foothill Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Crescent City, CA
5.1 mi 8.2 km #9Coastal Trail: Lagoon Creek
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
Intermediate
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
7.8 mi 12.6 km #10Coastal Trail: Last Chance
Intermediate/Difficult
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Bertsch-Oceanview, CA

Photos of Redwood National Park - 212

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This trail makes you feel like you should see a dinosaur.
Jun 21, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Redwood National and State Parks - Redwood Hiker
Apr 3, 2020 near Westhav…, CA
Hiking alongside the giants
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Hiking under fallen redwoods on the way down to Tall Trees Grove.
Jul 6, 2020 near Westhav…, CA
A male Roosevelt elk looks over his herd of lady elk.
Dec 21, 2016 near Westhav…, CA
Bluffs from Crescent Beach Overlook
Aug 27, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Winter light falling through the trees
Aug 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
This trunk looks like a smiley face!
Jun 21, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA