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Explore the Redwoods National and State Parks

Updated: May 20

Close up of coastal redwoods
Coastal Redwoods

Redwoods National and State Parks are a magnificent collection of protected areas along the Northern California coast, offering visitors the chance to explore a variety of landscapes, from pristine beaches and lush grasslands with Elk Meadows to awe-inspiring forests of towering redwoods like the Founders Tree. Among these majestic trees are the coastal or giant redwoods, which are closely related to their cousins, the giant sequoias. However, the coastal redwoods have a distinct appearance and require a different climate to grow. These trees rely on the cool, moist fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to help maintain moisture in the soil, while the giant sequoias need periods of hot, dry weather to thrive. The giant coastal redwood is the tallest tree in the world, reaching heights of over 350 feet, while the giant sequoia is the largest in terms of total mass.

Redwoods NP Redwoods NP

Planning Guide Trail Guide

At the time we had a small Little Guy TAB Max trailer that suited us for a while until we wanted more room. We eventually outgrew it which we will cover in later posts.

We stayed at Patricks Point State Park in the Agate campground, site #87 for 3 days. In 2021 the name of the park changed to Sue-meg State Park. It was a pull thru site with plenty of room and a great view of the ocean from the cliffs. There were no hook-ups but the restroom & shower facilities were in good condition.

Our truck and camper in the campsite
Our site at the Patricks Point campground.

The State and National Parks were just a short drive away from our location, and we were delighted to discover the stunning wildlife that roamed the area. As we traveled along Davidson Road, which runs parallel to Highway 101, we had the pleasure of spotting a herd of majestic Roosevelt Elk grazing in the lush meadows of Elk Meadow. This was an incredible sight to behold, and we took a moment to appreciate these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. These parks offer a wealth of opportunities to witness the beauty and diversity of nature, and our experience with the Roosevelt Elk was just one of many unforgettable moments we enjoyed during our visit.

This is a bull Roosevelt elk at a grassy meadow at Redwoods National Park.
Bull Roosevelt Elk
These are two female Roosevelt elk lying in a grassy meadow
Female Roosevelt Elk

During our visit to the Founders Tree and other areas within the park, we were fortunate enough to embark on a few short hikes and bear witness to the sheer majesty of the towering redwood trees. The Founders Tree, in particular, was a sight to behold, with its impressive size and commanding presence. As we explored the area, we were captivated by the breathtaking light beams that filtered through the dense forest canopy in the early morning, creating a magical and unforgettable experience.

Redwood National Park is a captivating destination that boasts an array of natural wonders, from towering redwood trees to lush ferns and ethereal mist. As you wander through the forest, you'll be surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of some of the tallest trees in the world, which have stood for centuries and continue to inspire visitors with their grandeur. Meanwhile, the delicate and intricate ferns that flourish in the moist, cool air add a touch of magic to the landscape, creating a serene and otherworldly atmosphere.

In conclusion, Redwoods National and State Parks are a true wonder of the natural world, offering visitors the opportunity to witness the grandeur and beauty of some of the tallest trees on earth, as well as the incredible diversity of plant and animal life that calls this place home. From the towering redwoods to the delicate ferns and the majestic Roosevelt Elk, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring sights and experiences to be had in this stunning park. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a visit to Redwoods National and State Parks is sure to leave you feeling inspired, refreshed, and connected to the natural world in a profound way.

Are you wondering where we went next? see "At the Beach in Bandon"

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

Talk to friends about their camping experiences. We found Patrick’s Point by talking to a friend. Her family frequently went to it during her childhood, and she said, “You have to stay there!” Since our stay, the Park has changed names and is now called Sue-Meg State Park. The name change comes at the request of the Yurok tribe. To read about the history and reason for the name change, visit We have learned when visiting National Parks, to check out the nearby state and county campground. They often have better amenities, are easier to reserve, and cost less.

Almost everyone who visits our campsite comments about our table bungee cords and all our camping buddies now use them. We have not found a windstorm that was able to blow our tablecloth away when using them.


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