Quick Ideas for Walks and Hikes
Planning Your Walk or Hike
Any trail in old-growth redwooods is "the best trail". A quality experience in a few places may be better than trying to see it all.
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.
Rangers' Recommendations For Walks and Hikes
There are dozens of trails with hundreds of miles of hiking and biking opprtunities in the park. These are our top recommendations for visitors wanting to quickly find a walk in the redwoods most suited to their needs. Most (not all) of these recomendations have parking for larger vehicles like RVs or trailers - though it is important to read the recommendations for details about what size restrictions are in place for each trailhead. Our visitor centers and visitor guide and newspaper have much more information about walks, hikes, and trails.
30 minutes or less: Big Tree Wayside
1-hour: Trillium Falls Trail Lady Bird Johnson Grove Simpson-Reed Trail
2-hours: Stout Memorial Grove Prairie Creek-Foothill Loop
Half a day: Tall Trees Grove
All day: James Irvine Trail-Fern Canyon Loop
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. Depending of the water-levels, these footbridges are installed by June and removed by October. These trails are not wheelchair accessible.
Last updated: May 26, 2020