Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Category & Type :Recreation
Location :Weott CA
About Humboldt Redwoods State Park...Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a fantastic journey for the entire family to really see what northern California big redwoods are all about. With nearly 33,000 acres of natural beauty and of that over 15,000 untouched old-growth groves of redwoods, the Humboldt Redwoods State Park area will leave many adventurous longing for more. More is exactly what any State Park in California has to offer and especially one as vibrant and naturally beautiful as the Humboldt Redwoods State Park area. Since this is northern California and the weather can change in a drop of a hat, wardrobes should be planned accordingly, and a rain-slicker and other wet weather clothing, should be packed for the adventure of a lifetime. This is not to say that there is a ‘monsoon’ continually happening in big redwood country, suffices to say that since the Pacific Ocean is so close to any one of the State Parks and National Parks of northern California and the United States, it is important to realize this fact and plan accordingly. Nothing ruins a great family vacation in northern California as lack of preparation and since you have been forewarned, this will not be an issue, will it?
Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center
When it comes to experience all that the northern California coastal redwoods area has to offer, one should stop at the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center first. The information about the entire Humboldt redwoods region and the people that make up this adventurous location can be found at the humble redwoods visitors’ center. A learning experience for adults and children alike, the visitor center is full of interactive displays which are a favorite for both kids and children at heart! Start out the vacation of a lifetime the right way by visiting Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center
Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants is a spectacular, 33 mile, picture-perfect drive, along one of the most gorgeous and exciting moving views of Northern California. With that drive includes Downers Grove, the Visitor Center near Weott, and so many other places, that provide both family fun and wonderful excitement. Avenue of the Giants is the place to be to learn all about coastal redwoods, and all from the comfort of one’s car, simply spectacular!
Campgrounds in the Redwoods
Some of the best campgrounds in the redwoods are found at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Imagine if one will, pitching a tent and sitting with the family, by a crackling fire, and enjoying the breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean, all while listening to the sounds of the whippoorwill, perched way-up in the branches, of a giant redwoods canopy! This is the reality of every camper that comes out to ‘rough it’ in some of the best campgrounds in the world, Humboldt campgrounds. There are over 200 campsites, with so much to do, such as hiking, riding trails for bikes, bird-watching, or general-stroll-a-long’s, in one of the most beautiful and scenic trails in all of North America! All this can be had while camping out in the redwoods. Some of the more popular campgrounds include the ones nearest the old-growth forests such as; Bull Creek Watershed and scenic Eel River. Regardless of which campsite is chosen, one thing is for certain, Humboldt Redwoods State Park campgrounds offer something for everyone.
Eel River Access
In order to experience all there is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, one needs great Eel River access points in which to do just that! This is where the Park Service Maintenance team comes in; who are the ones responsible for not only clearing the access points in a rather un-hospitable natural but beautiful environment, but also is responsible for maintaining them. The spectacular and beautiful Eel River access points, which can be found in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park region, have been known to fill up with anxious kayakers. Most desire to run the rapids of this all-American river location. Be it a canoe or kayak are maybe even small John boat, the easiest Eel River access point, is the one that is the culminating point of the South Fork and Myers Flat area. For boaters and kayakers, this class 1.5 access run, has the most outstanding natural scenery all along its course. From the giant redwood trees of the Rockefeller Forest to the splendors of seeing Horned Owls and River Otters, Eel River access, while in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is one of a kind.
Hilly and beautifully located just off the Avenue of the Giants, Founders Grove is the most visited old-growth forest in all of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. With 3000 foot tall mountains to the west, Founders Grove provides an excellent outdoor location, to experience all the greatness and the wonder of the giant redwood trees. The Grove is exactly how it sounds to be, with huge giant redwoods growing side-by-side with much smaller trees, for a great contrast and a rather spacious, comfortable feeling. The only drawback to Founders Grove is that the Avenue of the Giants runs right through the center of it and this makes for an almost nonstop traffic noise issue. A great way to get around this is to arrive just before 8 AM as then the traffic is much more tamed and it is a lot easier to experience all that Founders Grove has to offer, while in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Named for the high jumping insect that populates this northern California area in the summer and spring months, Grasshopper Creek is a great time for all! With an elevation of over 3000 feet, and with 100 mile panoramic views in all directions, one of the toughest hikes in all of Humboldt Redwoods State Park has a great and wondrous surprise at the end of the journey. Grasshopper Creek will test every muscle in the hiker’s body, and should only be an attempted by only the ‘fittest’ in the family or hiking troop. Some key points to recall when starting out the journey that will test one’s mettle and reserve, are water and good common sense. Northern California‘s State Park system is beautiful yet does contain wild animals and snakes. Some snakes are venomous such as the Western Diamond Rattler, and like to sun themselves on rocks, especially during the warm days of summer and spring. Although not seen as a persistent problem, any snake bite that is received while in the remote outdoors of northern California and away from civilization, and expedited- medical help should be perceived as life-threatening and extreme caution should be paid when hiking the Grasshopper Creek Trail.
The road that leads through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful knowing California coastline is her for two as Mattole Road. The road begins at Ferndale, and then me and there is through miles of beautiful coastal redwood country, finally ended in near the tiny town of Petrolia. Mattole Road is mostly a two lane by way, with plenty of curves and beautiful scenery and plus a nice shot of a few miles of the happy California towels, the same ones that are debated in the California case commercials! This splendid path also to takes one by Cape Mendocino, home to the most Westerners down in all of California. Mattole Road is reminiscent of its bigger and more famous brother, Avenue of the Giants road to war. If then cast it calls for California redwood scenery is in the cards for this weekend, it is best to hop on the Mattole Road auto vacation, and see just what does raise reviews of Northern California coastal redwood country is all about.
When visiting Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Myers Flat must be given at least a day’s visit as well. Located right in the heart of the Avenue of the Giants, and surrounded by beautiful coastal redwoods and meandering mountain terrain, Myers Flat is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. Many of those trees are located right on the interior of Humboldt Redwoods and Rockefeller Forest in the northern California Coastal Redwoods location. One of the best spots for a nice night of relaxation and sleep can be had at the Myers Country Inn. Just steps away from Myers Inn is the Tunnel of Love experience, which cannot be missed as upon approaching this romantic roadway, there is a 10 foot tall redwood bear that greets visitors. The ‘bear’ is the key to locating the ‘Tunnel’ as well as the impressive ‘Shrine Drive Through Tree’ located in Myers Flat and the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The Shrine of the Redwoods gets his name from having once been care-took by a member of the Shiners Club of Northern California. The Shiners are a group of charitable folks who take care of the financial and emotional needs of injured or sick children. The ‘Shrine of the Redwoods’ was the first major attraction along the Avenue of the Giants, and is still considered one of the top draws for anyone coming to Humboldt County, to see the giant coastal redwoods.
Standing in the middle of one of the most scenic and beautiful landscapes in all of California is, Rockefeller Forest. This extension of the Humboldt County redwood experience is one of the most pristine and well preserved ecologically sound old-growth redwood forests in all of California. Rockefeller Forest is one of the few forests in northern California that has never been commercially harvested or heard the chainsaw to the bark of a cultural redwood. That’s mighty impressive and is cause for celebration as Rockefeller Forest is one of the true ‘virgin’ old-growth redwood forests in the entire world! Take a trip down to Rockefeller Forest Visitors Center and get the lowdown on everything a visiting family would need, while vacationing in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Northern California is known for giant redwoods and beautiful people, as well as fine dining and monumental-scenery. Those characteristics can all be found in and around Humboldt Redwoods State Park. One of the favored locations inside the park is Founders Grove Nature Trail, which is part of the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour. This splendid nature trail is homage to the pioneers of northern California that demonstrated their loyalty and love for all things California, with environmental protection.
Demanding National Parks
California was one of the first States in the Union that demanded National Parks. The battle was not won after decades of attempts and the California Park System was in jeopardy of being abandoned. If not for troopers such as John Muir, and Jedediah Smith, scenes such as the one that can be found at Humble Redwoods State Park, leaning against a 2500-year-old giant redwood, maybe would have remained just a dream.
A great way to see all of northern California’s beauty, especially the giant redwood trees, is by auto, and the famous Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, meandering straight-through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The ‘Auto Tour’ gives even the ones who cannot get out, normally, the right and access to enjoy California’s physical beauty, and a chance to witness G-d’s hand at work. There are many access and stopover points along the Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour for restroom and snack breaks as well as full meal deals that will simply have the children screaming ‘We want more fries!’ Take some time out of the busy schedule and round the family up to inform them that this weekend will be a trip to one of the most wanted locations on earth, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
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