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“The Coastal Redwoods of Northern California - Northern Section”

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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Yucaipa, California
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“The Coastal Redwoods of Northern California - Northern Section”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

This whole area is a little confusing to figure out. Don't loose sleep over it. There are a lot of gorgeous areas, and it's hard to recommend the best anything. Just get out and enjoy the magnificent Trees. The following are just some random ideas and thoughts.

Here is a link to the trails in most of the major Coastal Northern Redwood Parks complete with distance, elevation gains, and scenic ratings: http://www.redwoodhikes.com
From my limited experience, the ratings are correct. One park is not better than the others. They all have great stuff, just pick several trails and go for it.
Here is a link specific for Humboldt Hiking (trail head, etc.) - http://humboldtredwoods.org/hiking Below are just some random personal impressions of the entire Northern section - Crescent City to below Humboldt:
Stout Grove - great, and an easy walk - access off Howland Hill Road
Howland Hill Road - fabulous 10/10 scenic easy dirt road - highly recommend it - 1/10 difficulty
The Coastal off road drive at Klamath does not connect to Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway
The Klamath overlook off Requa was not an impressive view point
Enderts Beach - from the top parking area, it didn't draw me in (i.e., didn't do it)
Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway - This is essentially Prairie Creek Redwood Park - Take it!
Fern Canyon - totally enjoyed the dirt road going out there - at most it's 2/10 difficulty, i.e. pretty easy - Fern Canyon itself - really didn't get why it's that fabulous - bring water shoes
The James Irvine/Miners trail to Fern canyon is reported to be 5 stars out of 5.
Lady Bird Johnson Grove - great and easy
Trillium Falls was good
Patrick's Point - Just hit the biggest attractions, then move on
Trinidad Head Loop - there are a lot of better hikes
Arcata City (above Eureka) - randomly just dropped by - wow, what fun it was on a Sunday afternoon (any central market, fair, show would work). It's wonderfully "Kookie" and what a great place to go to college (Humboldt State)
Eureka - sorry, I don't get it. They are trying to attract tourists. It doesn't "do it" for me. There should be a 101 fwy bypass road so it can be avoided.
Humboldt - Founders Grove, Big tree area, and Rockefeller Grove are all great and easy and close to each other. Rockefeller is 1.2 miles west on Manttole Road on your left (not well marked). Picking a longer trail, and missing these Groves also seems like a good plan. The Greig-French-Bell Grove was different and really fun to find your own trail through the really green forest floor. Here's a link for the latter trail - http://www.redwoodhikes.com/Humboldt/GFB.html
The Drive Through Tree - what a tourist trap (but only $5)

Visited September 2013
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South-Central, PA
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31 reviews
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“God's Cathedral!!!”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Visited Redwood National Park near Lady Bird Johnson Grove on a Sunday morning. It was as good as any church service I have ever intended. It is impossible to walk through the forest and not feel in awe of the glory surrounding you.

Visited July 2013
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Dover, New Jersey
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“Very Must See”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

We took a detour here as part of our trip north our from SF to Oregon. There is simply no way to describe the trees. Pictures do not do the place justice.

Visited September 2013
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Niles, Ohio
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“An Awe Inspiring Sight”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

We traveled to the Redwood region of California in May of 2013. We stayed in Arcata and drove into the area the next morning. It was an easy drive from there and we were able to see everything that we wanted to see. I would say that if you have not been to the region before, make sure that you take a few minutes to look at a map before you start out. It's a little confusing because there is a National Park (but no fee) as well as State Parks and Beach areas that are all part of the same area. Once you have a plan, head on out...there are so many sights to see that you just can't go wrong. The groves of trees are just amazing and breathtaking. Even if you don't plan to spend days in the park, make sure that you take a walk around the Ladybird Johnson Grove. It's an easy walk and you get to see a great sample of the Redwoods. We hit this area early in the morning and it was so quiet and peaceful. Just us and the trees. It was a great time for some introspection. You definitely feel small!

Make sure you take time to drive around all the areas. There are areas where you can see the elk from your vehicle just standing by the road. There are breathtaking views of the ocean from atop cliffs. There are roadways where you can take a white-knuckle drive through the trees. (We actually thought this was a little more harrowing than the Road to Hana in spots!) The area is just so diverse make sure that you give yourself enough time to enjoy it all!

Visited May 2013
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tobyhanna pa usa
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“breath taking”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

when I first saw the redwood forest I could not believe trees could grow that tall or live so long. You really appreciate God for his creation. It is one of the places I would suggest everyone see once in your life, not to be missed, you will never be the same

Visited November 2012
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