Corbitt's National Parks
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1968: National Park

1980: World Heritage Site

1983: International Biosphere Reserve

1994: National Park and State Parks

Size: 112,513 acres

2008 visitors: 396,899

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

This Park is best knows for its magnificent old-growth redwoods, some of the world's tallest trees. They can live more than 2,000 years, and grow to over 300 feet tall. But this Park, which runs for 40 miles along the Pacific Coast, is also home to prairies, oak woodlands, and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Redwood National Park also contains three state parks: Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods.

What You're Going to See

The redwoods are magnificent. If you're going to hike, wear layers of clothing to handle varying temperatures between coastal and inland sections. Rain gear and good walking shoe are recommended. Since Lyme disease-carrying ticks have been found in the area, check yourself carefully all over after hiking. Cougars and bears inhabit the parkland, so if you see one, don't run away -- stare it down, waving your arms to scare it off, and whatever you do, do not look edible.

Redwoods grow in a narow strip along the Pacific Coast of California and southern Oregon. Only 4 percent of the original 2 million acres of redwoods remain, 45 percent of that in these National and State parks. The State parks were established before the National Park was, so California and the NPS work together to administer the area.

Highway 101 parallels the Park, but the best views are found by taking small roads and hiking trails throughout the forest.

Personal Observations

I haven't been here yet, but maybe on a trip to Oregon ...

Getting There

Highway 101 takes you right past the Parks. From Redding, go west on Highway 299 to the coast, and take 101 north for about 30 miles.

Nearby Attractions

To the southeast, about 90 miles away near Redding, is the Shasta-Trinity-Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. North and east in Oregon is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Oregon Caves National Monument. &nbs