The Redwood National and State Parks are arguably some of the most famous protected parks in the United States. Encompassing over 130,000 acres of Redwood National Park and several smaller state parks, Redwood is a unique setting for such an interesting ecological landscape.
Redwood is located on the northern Pacific coast of California, around 100 miles from the Mendocino triple junction, the meeting point of the North American, Pacific, and Gorda tectonic plates. Earthquakes have been historically very common in the area, and visitors are advised to take precautions in the event of an earthquake.
One of the park’s best known features, the Redwood trees, are one of the park’s main attractions. These enormous trees can grow to be around 370 feet tall (35 stories) and 22 feet in width. The trees are a very healthy species; there are no indications of disease throughout the forest and the bark of the trees makes them resistant to fire damage. It is possible for some Redwood trees to be 2,000 years old.
The surrounding forest is rich with biodiversity. Shrubs and low-lying plants such as beach pea and strawberry occupy the forest floor. The diversity of wildlife is especially remarkable. Gray whales, Chinook salmon, black bear, elk, and bald eagles are some of the many species found within the parks of California. Wildlife viewing is an especially rewarding venture.
Hiking is a major recreational activity, as it is the best way to experience the grandeur of the forest. Redwood National and State Parks contain hundreds of miles of trails and multitude of campsites for backpackers with an overnight permit. Horseback riding and horseback packing are welcome in certain areas of the park.
Because Redwood parks protect about 40 miles of untouched Pacific coast, the possibilities for boating are fantastic. Visitors can rent kayaks and experience the coastline unlike any other place on the West Coast.
Redwood National and State Parks are a wonder of various landscapes and life that certainly worth a visit, and promised to be a memorable trip.