An RV Adventure to Redwood National Park and Beyond

Redwood Tree in Redwood National Park

Redwood Tree in Redwood National Park

Taking the family on a trip up the California coast is an adventure not to pass up. Redwood National Forest awaits you in Northern California, with its magnificent Redwoods and wild, rocky coastline. With an RV motorhome, you can have all the comforts of home while exploring all the sights and sounds of this mountainous and ocean-side landscape.

Recommended is starting in Eureka and traveling up Highway 101. Eureka, California offers a lot in the way of outdoor recreational activities. You can stop here, park your RV and go hunting, boating or backpacking. Whatever hits your fancy is available to enjoy. A little further along on your journey you’ll discover Arcata, a great little town just off Highway 101. The forests here beckon you to trek into the acres of small Redwood trees and delicate ferns.

Another favorite stop of RV vacationers is Trinidad State Beach. This stop is nineteen miles north of Eureka. Visit at low tide for the best experience. You can hike along the open bluffs and see a wide array of wildflowers blooming in the spring. Another six miles and you can visit some dense forests of pine, fir and spruce at Patrick’s Point State Park. Hiking trails take you through the park, and you should also make it a point to tour Sumeg Village, recreated from a traditional Yurok village and still used by the local Yuroks today.

Of course, the whole point of this RV trip is to see Redwood National Park, and when you arrive you will feel the excitement that comes from seeing these magnificent groves of old-growth trees. The trails wind along the beaches or through the forests. An activity that is a favorite for park visitors is to get in some whale watching. You will surely see some if coming here between March and April or between November and December.

State Parks in the region also have a lot to offer. The Prairie Creek Redwood State Park boasts beautiful coastal Redwoods that will take your breath away. Try some beachcombing or have a picnic in this amazing area. You will also have to put Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park on your itinerary. The rocky coast is a perfect place to get some awesome photos, and the trails make hiking a real adventure. If you love exploring the tide pools, check out Wilson Beach. You can’t swim here as the sea is too rough, but it’s wonderful for a stroll along the sand.

A short distance offshore from Crescent City is the Castle Rock National Wildlife Reserve where hundreds of thousands of seabirds come every year. In the spring you will see around twenty thousand Aleutian geese gathering here to roost. And when you reach Crescent City, if you are looking for a place to camp, try Shoreline RV Park.

Your RV journey is coming to an end, but before you head home, drive nine miles east on Highway 199 to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. You can find additional camping here at the Jedediah Smith Campground and enjoy swimming, fishing and campfire programs. You will remember this RV vacation for a long time to come with fond memories of a time well spent.

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