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Experience California Camping Amongst Giants in Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a beautiful and diverse array of plants and animals, including 45% of the remaining California coastal Redwoods. These redwoods belong to the tallest and most massive tree species on Earth and have been around for hundreds of years. Some existing trees are 2,000 or more years old. Redwoods have inhabited the west coast for millions of years but about 96% of old growth fell to logging before the area became a park in 1968. Restoration projects are being conducted on previously logged areas in an effort to bring back even more of these majestic giants. The acres of trees and grasslands that remain are a wondrous California camping destination.
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The weather remains pretty steady throughout the year, ranging between 40 and 60 degrees. Summers tend to be warmer, especially inland, but fog is common. In fact, the redwoods rely on the moisture from wetter weather, including summer fogs and winter rains. Be prepared for cooler, wet weather any time of the year. There are no entrance fees to enter the park, and it is open year round, another reason it’s an excellent California camping destination.
Be aware, though, that the wild animals you'll find in the park are indeed wild. Practice bear safe food storage, use bear safe trash cans, and do not feed the wildlife. A fed animal will be a dead animal as it loses its natural fear of man and becomes more brazen, and thus more of a threat. Mountain lions are another common, if not elusive, park inhabitant, so again, practice some caution. Don’t hike alone, be aware of your surroundings and don’t leave food or small children unattended.
Roosevelt elk are the most common park mammals you’ll see, but know that bulls can be aggressive and cows are very protective of their young. A sighting of any of these animals is likely, and indeed one of the wonders of the wild; just remember that these animals are definitely wild and deserve to be respected and left alone.
Redwood National Park has a lot to offer, from the giant redwoods to the diverse wild life to kayaking and fishing. There are over 200 miles of trails which run through the massive redwood groves, along the pristine coast, or even through prairies. With so many places to see, there are dozens of excellent hikes to go on, ranging from quick and easy to long and strenuous.
For the avid wild life viewers, there are hundreds of species to watch out for, including the marbled murrelet, a robin-sized seabird that nest in the conifer trees and hunts for fish in the sea. These birds travel at 60 mph between nest and sea and are beautiful in sight and song. Elk, bears and mountain lions also inhabit the park, as do many species of frogs, insects and others. Gray whales are even a common sight off the coast November through December and again March through April as they make their 10,000 mile round trip migration between Alaska and Baja California.
There are many wonderful viewing points throughout the parks so be sure to bring your binoculars! Kayaking is another wonderful way to experience the park, and possibly the whales. With rivers, harbors, coves and lagoons, there are plenty of areas to explore. For those who prefer scenic drives, there are many paved and unpaved roads that offer beautiful views of Redwood National Park, including the paved Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway which is a 10-mile drive through old redwood growth to the 8 miles of unpaved and paved Coastal Drive that boasts many wonderful opportunities to see sea lions, whales, pelicans and other wildlife. No matter what activity you choose in Redwood National Park, it will be an experience you'll never forget.
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