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“Family Favorite”

Richardson Grove State Park
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“Family Favorite”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We camp here every year and have visited in all seasons. The grove is beautiful and the campground is very nice. There are three campgrounds within the park: Huckleberry, Madrone and Oak Flat. All have flush toilets and coin operated showers . Madrone is at the top of the hill and is very popular with families who desire more wooded areas. Truthfully, I don't see it. Huckleberry is just as wooded and is a much closer walk to the river. Oak Flat is closest to the river but is a dry oak woodland accessed across the river. There is a nice interpretive exhibit, ranger programs and hikes. Bears are not an issue here and the raccoons usually aren't either. We've seen otters in the river and there are some nice pools for swimming. My one big caution to families is to avoid the park the week before Reggae on the River until a couple of weeks after, unless you are visiting for the concert of course. In late summer the river get quite low and Blue-green algae can be a concern for children and pets and is better avoided.

Visited July 2014
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Haiku, Hawaii
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“I've always wanted to stop here.”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

My son and I just had an hour to explore this park and we are very glad that we did so. We were given a free 1 hr. pass. I grew up amongst redwood trees and am still awed by them. We did a couple of trails including the loop trail which is short, maybe .5 mile and gives you a good glimpse of what the park has to offer.
I didn't realize that this was also a good place to get into the water to cool off. Many people were there to do just that. We may plan for that next time we are in the area.
The Visitor's Center was one of the best I have been too. The animal pelts were a unique hands-on display as were the other taxidermy animals.

Visited July 2014
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California
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“Hiking Richardson Grove Trails...steep but beautiful....”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Durfey Creek is the one Richardson Grove Hike that takes you away from the highway noise and is not too steep. While the whole loop is about 4 miles (2 hours), and quite steep...you can take an enjoyable 45 minute hike along the all year creek, with only 1 steep climb and turn around a little after the wooden bridge when the trail turns away from the creek, before the steep section....for an easy hour and a half hike. The biggest redwoods at Richardson grove are right alongside HWY 101, on either side of the road, the other Richardson Grove hikes are on the steep side but worth the effort for the beauty of the abundant huckleberry, oaks, redwoods and madrones ... There is a $7. day use fee...but you can buy an annual pass on line for most CA State Parks for $70...or park outside the park along side hwy101 and walk in for free. Kayaking is amazing here in the spring and you can swim in the Eel river through most of the summer...

Visited July 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Stunning”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Well worth the extra minutes to drive this gorgeous road through redwoods. Drive slowly and stop every once in a while to truly feel the majesty of these trees.

Visited July 2014
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“Lovely area, but narrow road in a big RV. Campground for small rigs only”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Highway 101 goes right through Richardson Grove. This is one of the last stretches of 101 that has *not* been improved. Many years ago, there were small redwoods right next to the highway. Now they are big redwoods and some have been "shaved" to allow modern large trucks and RVs *just* enough room to get by.

Slow down and use caution. If you're in a car, keep to the right, as large rigs may go over the center line since there isn't enough room. The state really needs to cut down some of the trees that are dangerously right on the highway!

There are places to park and you can walk about under the trees. There are also some nearby kitschy shops selling redwood souvenirs.

Richardson Grove also has a campground. It is *not* for large rigs and does not have hookups, but we saw many of the sites were located in full shade under the towering trees. There is a day use parking area, trails to walk, and the visitors center.

Visited May 2014
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