National Park and State Parks
1968: National Park
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About the SiteThis 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 SeeThe 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.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been here yet, but maybe on a trip to Oregon ...
Getting ThereHighway 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 AttractionsTo 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