TRIP IDEA

Suggestions For A Long Weekend

Redwood National and State Parks

Three visitors looking with curiosity into redwood trees
You've Got At Couple of Days (or more)?

With this amount of time there's a lot of ways to experience and enjoy the parks. Here's some options that combine walks, drives and scenic views that provide meaningful ways to discover what makes Redwood National and State Parks so special.

These recommendations are listed from north (near Crescent City) to south (near Orick).
Ideas from North (Crescent City) To South (Orick)
  • 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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: July 21, 2020