The Redwood Forest in Northern California is one of America’s most iconic landmarks and a top destination for travelers throughout the country. Not only is the forest home to some of the world's tallest trees, it’s also home to a variety of outdoor activities. From camping to kayaking to searching for Bigfoot, here are a few ideas to help plan your trip to the Redwood Forest:
The Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants, a 30-mile stretch of road along old Highway 101 on the California coast, offers views of coastal redwoods, ocean vistas, grasslands and small rural towns. Visitors can stop at restaurants, campgrounds and attractions along the way, and even drive through a redwood tree. A unique experience is The Eternal Tree House Café in Humboldt County, which boasts a “20-foot room inside a 2,500- year-old living tree.”
The Redwood National and State Parks offer several developed campgrounds and RV parks for travelers. Elk Prairie Campground, located in the heart of the redwoods, has numerous hiking and biking trails and seasonal ranger-led tour programs. It also offers hot showers, restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits and barbeque grills. Gold Bluffs Beach Campground offers campers the unique opportunity to pitch their tents on the beach and enjoy a view the Pacific Ocean.
Each year, gray whales migrate more than 10,000 miles from Alaska to Baja, California, and back. Families who visit Klamath River Overlook during the months of November, December, March and April can get a spectacular view of spouting gray whales and nesting seabirds near the shore. The Redwood National and State Parks are also home to the Roosevelt elk, the largest species of elk in North America. At Elk Meadow down Davison Road, families can view the largest herd of elk in the park.
Many waterways near the Redwood Forest offer kayaking and rafting, including Humboldt Bay, The Lagoons, and Trinity River. Visitors can take a kayak tour down the Smith River led by experienced park rangers of the Redwood National and State Parks. Several outfitters and guides are available to help plan excursions.
The legendary Sasquatch originated in the Redwood Forest, and the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage of a walking Bigfoot was filmed there. The Willow Creek – China Flat museum is home to a one-of-a-kind Bigfoot exhibit, including Bigfoot footprints and other artifacts. Families can also stop by Early Bird restaurant to enjoy its famous “Bigfoot Burger.”