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Tara Guertin
AFAR Staff

What is the best redwood park in northern California?

Posted on Mar 11, 2011

7 Answers

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I enjoyed the scenic hiking trails and campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Read on from their site: http://www.seemonterey.com/big-sur-california/pfeiffer-big-sur-state-park-big-sur-california

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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I agree with the above answer, Santa Cruz region have of one of the best redwood parks close to Bay Area.  Yet I think the best one in Northern California is the one near the California/Oregon border.

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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I don't know about best, but Samuel P Taylor is a good spot and very convenient to San Francisco.

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park was really beautiful. It's hard to choose which place is the best!


Posted Mar 11, 2011

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Hot topic! For the Bay Area my vote is for Big Basin Redwoods State Park, but I agree with C.K. Wong, the forests closer to the border of Oregon are simply incredible. Redwood National Park outside of Crescent City is fabulous.

Posted Mar 12, 2011

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My favorites up Humboldt/Del Norte way are Prairie Creek and Jedediah Smith. Down Santa Cruz way, you can't go wrong with Big Basin, although I haven't been down that way since the big fire 3-4 years ago.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011

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Here are my suggestions:

1) Muir Woods National Monument (close to San Francisco, often crowded, go early in the day/late in the afternoon, or weekdays to have a better chance of getting a parking place; get out on the hiking trails to avoid the throngs of visitors on the park's floor).

2) Armstrong Redwoods SNR (near Guerneville on the Russian River; will be less crowded than Muir Woods).

3) Redwood National & State Parks (near Crescent City; several parks; Fern Canyon in Praire Creek Redwoods State Park is very pretty; look for Roosevelt Elk in this area).

Posted Mar 17, 2011

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I like hiking in the Big Basin Redwood State Park because it's so close to San Francisco. But up north are the best Redwoods I've seen - Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwood State Parks. There's a great website with tons of info on all redwood hikes along the California Coast - I find it indispensable when it comes to choosing a hike amongst the ancient giants - http://www.redwoodhikes.com/

Posted Mar 26, 2011

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