TRIP IDEA

Hour Or Two

Redwood National and State Parks

Three adults look up in wonder into the redwoods.
If you only have a few hours, there are still ways for you to walk a little and enjoy what the redwoods offer. They are listed from north (Crescent City) to south (Orick) and most of these have plenty of parking, and some provide ADA accessible opportunities.

Picking two or three of these options would easily fill up a couple of hours.
Only Have a Few Hours: Try Some of These Walks.
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Stroll the Simpson-Reed Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Simpson-Reed Trail
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A Short Walk in the Northern Part of the Redwoods

    An easy, ADA accessible walk through beautiful old-growth redwood forests in the northern part of the parks. Limited parking and not suitable for RV's or trailers.

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    Stroll to the Big Tree Wayside

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Big Tree Wayside Trailhead
    • Duration: 10–30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

    For those short on time then this 5-minute walk will lead to some amazingly large trees.

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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 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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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Walk the Lady Bird Johnson Grove

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trailhead
    • Duration: 45–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    A Famous Grove That Is Easy To Walk

    An iconic redwood grove in the southern end of the parks that is easy to walk. There are logistical considerations for parking, and RVs and trailers are not advised.

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Last updated: September 1, 2020