Rangers' Tips For Selecting Walks and HikesThere is no single "best trail" out here. Any trail in old-growth redwooods is going to be "the best trail". Also, a quality experience in one or two places may be better than trying to see it all.
There are dozens of trails with hundreds of miles of hiking and biking opprtunities in the redwoods. Some (not all) of these trails have parking for larger vehicles like recreational vehicles or trailers. It is important to read the recommendations for details about what size restrictions are in place for each trailhead.
You might have heard about the "Tall Trees Grove". It is a steep hike and you'll need an online permit issued at least 48 hours ahead of time. We have dozens of much easier trails to get to - with equally stunning redwood trees.
Our visitor centers, visitor guide and newspaper and our backcountry trip planner also have detailed information about walks, hikes, and trails.
Quick Ideas for Walks and Hikes
Planning Your Walk or Hike
No matter your comfort level and experience, there are walking and hiking options for you in the redwoods. For orientation purposes, we consider the Klamath River as the boundary between the northern and southern areas of the parks. Crescent City and Hiouchi is in the north, Klamath is in the middle, and Orick is in the south.
Pet on Trails?Pets do not mix well with wildlife like bears, Roosevelt elk and mountain lions on our trails. Pets are not allowed on any national and state park trails. This includes Fern Canyon and Tall Trees Trail.
However, there are options for walking with a leashed pet in the parks. There are two dirt roads under old-growth redwoods that are friendly for leashed pets. Service dogs are welcome on any of our trails. Learn more about pets in the park.
What To Expect?More than 200 miles of trails weave through a variety of environments; including prairies, old-growth redwood forests, and beaches. Elevations range from sea level to just over 3,000 feet (1,000 m). Consistently mild temperatures make year-round exploration a possibility. The parks' trails are well maintained - though weather conditions may make the trails slippery. Few trails are paved.
Due to the wet winters and the strong winds we have, large trees often fall, and they will block trails. These natural events will cause a trail closure. Find out more about current conditions.
Walking through a redwood grove on a fog-shrouded morning can be an unforgettable experience. Sounds are reduced to the musical gurgle of water trickling amongst ferns and mossy rocks. Light ebbs with the somber mist and shafts of sun hang like cobwebs. Stillness and peace weave their spells upon the respectful traveler.
ADA accessible trails take you through old-growth redwood forests in many locations.
South: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Note: The Lady Bird Johnson Trail in Redwood National Park is partially paved, but it has some steeper slopes and is not ADA accessible.
In summer, seasonal foot-bridges are constructed across some waterways to allow for easier access to some of the parks' frontcountry, and backcountry highlights. Check our current conditions page for day-today updates on the bridges. Depending of the water-levels, these footbridges can installed by June and may be removed by October. These trails are not wheelchair accessible.
Last updated: August 9, 2021