Located close to Eureka in Humboldt County on the northern coast of California, Redwood National Park is home to some of the oldest trees on the planet. Taking a hike through these magnificent trees and forests was one of the most magical, jaw dropping experiences of my life!
Soaring up to 375 feet in the air and 13 feet wide (think along the lines of five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty…) it is estimated that these beautiful sequoia trees are a staggering 2,000 years old.
For this reason, Redwood National Park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
We hiked through Lady Bird Johnson Grove because it could be easily done with small children and the variety and magnificence of the surrounding trees and bushes was absolutely mind blowing.
The silence of the forest was really quite magical and it was truly lovely to experience the trail with our children.
They were awed by the huge trees, especially the fallen ones, where the width of the tree was still double their height (and even taller than their dad…!).
Overall, there are approximately 200 miles of hiking trails throughout the Redwood National Park system.
The Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile scenic stretch of the old Highway 101 within Humboldt State Park, following the Eel River and passes along side some of the best examples of redwoods in the area. It’s a wonderful, amazing road to take a drive on and has many picnic areas and places to park your car along the way. You can get off the Avenue and visit any one of several small towns including Phillipsville, Miranda and Myers Flat and make a fantastic day trip of the Avenue of the Giants.
Here you can also choose to drive your car through one of three enormous redwood trees. At each of the 3 trees, the Chandelier Tree, the Shrine Drive Thru Tree and the Klamath Tour Thru Tree, it does cost money to drive through, but the photo is well worth it!
A visit to Redwood National Park is seeing nature at it’s finest and most magnificent and well worth the trip to the picturesque northern California coast.