REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
At Redwood National Park, you'll find not only the tallest trees on earth but also miles and miles of beautiful beaches and fern-laced canyons. Hike in forests of towering old-growth redwoods, western hemlocks, tanoaks and maples or bury your feet in the sand as you watch the crashing Pacific surf. During rutting season, you can watch male Roosevelt elk tussle over females in the park's open prairies.
During forest hikes, keep an eye out for Pacific giant salamanders and northern rough-skinned newts. Other rarely seen inhabitants of the forest include northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, black bears, bobcats and gray foxes.
Hike by rivers and streams and you may find ospreys, red-shouldered hawks, common mergansers and kingfishers. With luck, you may also spy beavers and river otters.
On the park's forty mile coastline, watch for harbor seals and California sea lions in the surf and shorebirds -killdeers, western sandpipers, sanderlings, willets and snowy plovers - foraging on ocean beaches. Seabirds to look for include common murres, brown pelicans, pigeon guillemots and double-crested cormorants. In the tidepools, check for starfish, giant green anemones, sea urchins, limpets, crabs and mussels. And during the winter, watch for migrating gray whales in the ocean.
Redwood National Park and three state parks - Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast and Jedediah Smith Redwoods - are managed as one ecological unit. Redwood National Park is protected as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve.
WHERE TO CAMP
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park off US Highway 101 7 miles south of Crescent City, California (campground open May 1 to September 15).
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Highway 199 at Hiouchi, California.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - 2 campgrounds
Elk Prairie Campground: 50 miles north of Eureka, California on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off US Highway 101. Reservations available by calling 1-800-444-7275.
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: The only campground by the Pacific. Turn west on Davison Road 3 miles north of Orick, California on US Highway 101 . Travel 4 miles down the scenic gravel road to reach the campground. Solar showers. Elk are sometimes seen at the campground, and there is a lovely trail through Fern Canyon.
Bird List for Redwood NP
UNEP - Redwood National Park.