Redwoods National Park: Travel series

By Kelly Loeffler | May 1, 2017 | Minnesota


Photography from Redwoods National Park

If you didn’t already know I had the chance to live in Northern California for a year and a half. It was a great experience because I was able to travel to some amazing places that were relatively local. One of the most amazing places in Northern California is Redwoods National Park. This park is very close to Oregon. It is also near the ocean. I don’t know about you but I love redwood trees. I think they are amazing and majestic. I have been to most of the redwood and sequoia forests in California. This national park is one of my favorite places to see Redwoods. My husband and I are trying to see all the national parks in the United States. This national park was a fun one to check off our list.

There are a variety of hikes and areas at the Redwoods National Park. Depending on the time of day and year you can see hundreds of elk. I was so impressed when I saw two or three in an open field. Then suddenly there were fields full of elk. An awesome hike that is void of redwoods is Fern Valley. This hike isnt very strenous but be prepared to get your feet wet. Depending on the time of year there can be a decent stream flowing through this valley. There are spots where there is no path over the water you just have to go straight through it. This area is also used in movie sets the most popular being Jurassic Park.

Some hikes need a specific permit to go on. We did a 4 mile loop that only allows a certain amount of guests. It was so peaceful and fun to be on such a secluded hike. To go on hikes like this check in at the visitor center when it first opens and ask if any permits are available. We would have never know about this hike if we didnt ask the lcoal rangers.

If you love Redwood trees as much as I do, or want to experience as many national parks as possible, definitely check out Redwoods National Park. It is worth the trip.

Fern valley at redwoods national park Redwood tree cave Cut out of fallen redwood tree to walk under sunlight shining through the moss covered treeFog in the redwoods Fog at redwoods national park Elk grouping Elk in front of red barn Elk at Redwoods National Park