TRIP IDEA

Half A Day

Redwood National and State Parks

Two adults stand on a wooden hiker's bridge over a clear river. Redwoods line the riverbank.

Photo/ John Chao

If you have half a day, there are lots of options for you to experience the diversity of habitats and forests in the parks. These are listed from north (Crescent City) to south (Orick) and most of the access roads require the driver being aware of vehicle size limits, and of road conditions.

Picking two or three of these options would easily fill up a half a day.
If You Have Half A Day and Don't Mind Some Driving
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Walk the Stout Memorial Grove Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Stout Memorial Grove Trailhead
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A Short Walk For The Adventurous

    A majestic grove of redwoods next to the Smith River in the northern part of the park. This trail requires some planning about how you will access it. Hours can be spent on a summer's day relaxing on the banks of the Smith River.

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    Hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Backcountry Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Boy Scout Tree Trail
    • Duration: 3–5 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Boy Scout Tree Trail

    A moderate hike with some steep grades and switchbacks.

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    Drive the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Made Sure You See This Parkway

    A ten mile drive through the heart of the redwoods. You have to exit HWY 101 to see the big redwoods.

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    Walk the Prairie Creek - Foothill Trail Loop

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Prairie Creek Trailhead
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Looking for tall trees, a beautiful creek, and a perfect loop hike? This is it.

    Located in the southern third of the parks this fully accessible and family-friendly loop trail takes you under some of the tallest trees in the world and follows along a beautiful creek. There is parking, restrooms, and picnic tables close by.

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    Hike the Fern Canyon Loop Trail

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Fern Canyon
    • Duration: 45–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A cobbled stream cuts into fern covered walls.

    A beautiful location made famous by Hollywood movies, getting to this destination does require a bit of effort. Plan on getting your feet wet!

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    Hike to Trillium Falls

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Trillium Falls Trail: Elk Meadow day-use area
    • Duration: 30–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Best 1-hour walk in the Redwoods

    Located in the southern end of the parks this is arguably one of the best family-friendly walks. It also has plenty of parking, picnic tables and restrooms.

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Last updated: September 1, 2020