Walking amongst Giants in Redwood National and State Parks



From Crater Lake, we headed southwest to the northern coast of California to make a few day stop at Redwoods National Park. This national park is made up of a group of state redwoods parks as well. Our first stop, we stayed at a half priced Passport America Campground in Crescent City called Sunset Harbor, which was close to Jedidiah Smith State Park. This town had a nice playground, beach, and restaurants. We didn’t love this campground, but it was a great location, and we had great cell service! It was also a great deal with our Passport America membershipWe heard that Howland Hill Road in Crescent City was one of the best spots to see the Redwoods in this park, and we would have to agree! This road is a narrow dirt road that drives right through huge redwoods (definitely not somewhere you want to drive an RV). The picture above is of us driving our car through some of the first redwoods that we saw on Howland Hill Road.

2 of our favorite trails that we were on in the redwoods were located in Jedidiah Smith State Park off of Howland Hill Road. We only got to walk about half of the Boy Scout Tree Trail, but it was a cool one! My favorite trail in the whole Redwoods area was the Stout Grove Trail where we walked amongst many fallen trees, and the kids even climbed under the roots of one of the trees with other kids who were exploring the park. The redwoods are the tallest living things! Many of them were very large around as well, and this is one of those places where you feel like you are in another world when you are walking amongst these giant trees!

We drove a little further south of Crescent City to Klamath where we used our Passport America Membership again to get 50% off our stay at Chinook RV Resort, a small campground on the river, for a couple of days. It was quiet here, but we didn’t have any AT&T signal here either. From this campground, we drove just down the road, and spent an afternoon at the Trees of Mystery tourist attraction nearby. The Trees of Mystery was a cool stop, and the gondola ride was fun for the kids especially! If nothing else, make sure if you are passing through that you stop in the parking lot to get your picture with Babe and Paul Bunyan!

We spent another day just south of Klamath at the Prairie Grove visitor center area where the kids got their Jr Ranger Badges, and they got a scavenger hunt paper that we took on the Prairie Grove Trail that led us to the Big Tree Trail. The scavenger hunt paper kept Ty engaged and motivated on the trail, so he liked this one best! We hear that the Fern Grove Trail not to far from this area is really cool, but unfortunately, this area has a stream running through the road, and we didn’t think it would be wise to drive our car across the stream to get to it, so we missed out on that trail.

While in this area, we also drove to the small, picturesque coastal town of Trinidad. On our way back to our campground, we saw some elk by the side of the road. We took one last hike in the redwoods on Lady Bird Grove Trail before heading out the next day!

We were so grateful for the time we spent here along the coast exploring these coastal redwoods that are now only found here in this area of California!

2 thoughts on “Walking amongst Giants in Redwood National and State Parks

  1. I absolutely love the Redwoods–it was so peaceful there. We ran across Trinidad quite by accident and I fell in love with it. This was a few years ago when I drove with my daughter coast-to-coast so she could do an internship in Newport, OR, after college. It was the most memorable trip ever. I can’t wait to make it to the west coast now that we’ve been full-timing for a while and visit the places that made such an impression.

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