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Full Day At The Redwoods

Redwood National and State Parks

A hiker's bridge spans a river lined with redwood trees.

NPS / John Chao

There's too much to try to see in a day, so we recommend quality over quantity. If you are driving the length of the parks and want to have some quality experiences, we recommend these options. Three or four of these options would fill a whole day.

They are listed from north (Crescent City) to south (Orick) and some require driving from site to site on narrow, windy, dirt roads.
Full Day Suggestions from North to South.
  • 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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    Drive Howland Hill Road

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes
    • Duration: 45–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A white car drives on a dirt road wedged between redwood trees.

    A ten-mile dirt road where the redwoods are so close they'll almost kiss your car.

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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    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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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Hike the James Irvine Trail to Fern Canyon Loop

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Backcountry Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: James Irvine Trailhead
    • Duration: 4–8 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day

    One of the longest hikes in Redwood National and State Parks, this 12-mile loop will take you from Redwoods, through spruce forests to the ocean - and back.

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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    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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    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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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Drive the Bald Hills Road

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Snow covers open fields and redwoods are in a valley.

    Scenic drive into the high hills and open prairies of the parks. Sweeping views, and opportunities for hikes, birding, wildlife viewing, and seeing historic barns and orchards.

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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Hike to the Tall Trees Grove

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Backcountry Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Tall Trees Trailhead
    • Duration: 3–6 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Half-day Hike To A Celebrated Grove

    A half-day hike in the southern part of the parks for those ready for an adventure. Made popular by social-media, this trail is one of the more strenuous hikes in Redwood National and State Parks.

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Last updated: September 1, 2020