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“Hiking in Elk Prairie (National Redwood Forest - South end)”

Redwood National Park
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Owner description: National park that preserves an area of over 110,000 acres of Redwood rainforest and 50 miles of scenic coastline in Northern California.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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46 reviews
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“Hiking in Elk Prairie (National Redwood Forest - South end)”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

My husband and I took a hike at Elk Prairie (6.5 mile hike) and was AMAZED at the groomed trails, beauty of the giant redwoods, serenity, quiet and magnificence of the natural setting we were in. It was one of the most memorable hikes I have ever taken. The trees are gigantic and it felt like we were in a movie... trasportive. Low crowds, serene and beautiful. I highly recommend this hike to anyone. A MUST DO.

Visited May 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“An American Great, but go with a plan”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

What an incredible display of beautiful nature. Trees that are thousands of years old and hundreds of feet tall are simply indescribable as you stand at their base. We took the trip North to South and stopped in Crescent City at the beginning at the visitor center. I highly recommend stopping at a visitor center, grabbing a map, and having a ranger explain what your options are. We were able to make sure we hit the highlights and skip the boring stuff. We were also lucky enough to see grey whales at the coastal overlook on Requa Road which is where the Klamath River flows into the Pacific. This is a gorgeous vista. There are lots of places to get out and hike, but be sure to stop and see the Big/Giant tree that has over a 20 foot diameter. It is only a 5 minute walk from the main road on a good trail.

Further south be sure to drive the Avenue of Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, also incredible!

Visited May 2013
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Suffolk, Virginia
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82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Huge Trees!!”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

A "must see" if you are traveling the Pacific Coast Highway. Be sure and stop at the visitor center located in Crescent City to get your free maps and a listing of the times when the interpretive walks are scheduled. The walks are with a knowledgeable National Park Ranger and lasts about one hour. You will need to bring your own bug spray because this is a forest. Can't say enough about the trees so I won't even try.

Visited June 2012
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Corvallis, Oregon
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118 reviews
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

The Redwoods are such a beautiful national treasure. We started in Crescent City and followed 101 to the Newton B Drury Scenic Byway. We were lucky that it was middle of the week and not a lot of other visitors as we dawdled along to the Big Tree Wayside where we parked. We took about a zillion pictures of these enormous giants, took a long hike (warning, the Cathedral Trail is NOT a loop), just could not get enough. It was gorgeous weather, sunny but not hot, and no rain. We stopped at almost every "wayside parking 750 feet ahead" on our way back.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Can you Imagine???”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

What a place, you cannot even imagine you are in the present day. Standing under the ancient giant redwoods, you feel as if you are transported back in time. The enormous trees are over powering, you almost fall backwards looking to the sky to find the very tips of the trees and a speck of blue. A must place to see, the Ave of the Giants. No fee involved. Drive and walk though the undisturbed woods at your own pace. The visitor center rangers are so helpful and they don't want you to miss a thing.. Enjoy this natural area. Almost all the trails are handicap friendly.

Visited May 2013
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