RV Camping Along Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

When we hit the road this Spring and Summer, let’s find something fascinating to explore! One of the most unusual geological regions in America can be found between Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California and Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon. Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway connects the two parks and offers ample opportunity for RV camping along the way.

Where to Start

No matter which end of the Byway is your starting point on this 500-mile round trip journey, it’s going to be extraordinary. California visitors will find Lassen Volcanic National Park, the southern terminus, about two and a half hours north of Sacramento on I-5.

If you’re starting at the northern end of the Byway, you’ll find your starting point at Crater Lake National Park northeast of Medford about 80 miles on OR-140.

What You’ll See & Where to Camp

Whether it’s waterfalls, volcanic lava fields, sparkling mountain lakes or the stunning sight of Mount Shasta, following the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway won’t disappoint. Scenic campsites along the way are an added bonus.

Here are just a few premier points of interest to discover on your route.

  • Pelican Bay on Upper Klamath Lake in northern Oregon is a stop you’ll definitely want to make. Paddle a water trail, fish for record-breaking trout or simply take in the view made famous by John Muir’s writings. RV campgrounds near Klamath Falls will let you camp close to the Bay.
  • Castle Crags State Park – Pick a campsite and then hike the trails for unforgettable views of massive granite crags and Mount Shasta.
  • Lava Beds National Monument/Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge – Lava tube caves, Native American rock art and RV camping in the nearby towns of Tionesta and Tulelake can make this a special stop for Byway travelers who like the unusual. The wildlife refuge is one more reason to make this side trip, with an auto tour through marshes and grasslands for bird watchers.
  • Dunsmuir, CA – History buffs will love this vintage railroad town in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Bring your fly fishing gear—the trout stream in town is legendary! Save time on your trip to admire the waterfalls between Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta, too.
  • Lake Almanor – Located near the southern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Lake Almanor in Lassen National Forest is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Hundreds of forest campsites are available and a shoreline hike promises spectacular views.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mudpots, a bubbling hot lake and the scenic remnants of volcanoes are only three of the attractions RV travelers will find at this park at the Byway’s southern terminus. Primitive and developed campgrounds within the national park make it easy to extend your stay as you hike and drive through thousands of acres of natural attractions.
  • Crater Lake National Park at the Byway’s northern entrance is a remarkable place to begin or end your journey. The view of the lake is worthy of many vacation photos,
    Picture of Crater Lake in Oregon

    Picture of Crater Lake in Oregon

    so why not hike the rim trail once you’ve set up camp? See how many of the lake’s ‘wizard islands’ formed by cinder cones you can spot. Speaking of campgrounds, the park’s Mazama Campground has both primitive and developed sites. 

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway provides RV travelers the chance to experience stunning views and exciting outdoor recreation. You’ll also learn about the history of northern California and southern Oregon with intimate side trips into the countryside, visiting quaint towns and historic attractions.

Let us help with a California RV rental and feel free to use our handy list of California campgrounds to plan your trip. We can’t wait to hear about the memories that RV camping along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway creates.

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RV Traveler’s Guide to California Underground

California’s natural beauty is no secret to anyone who’s visited, but did you know the Golden State is just as beautiful below the surface? California is home to an impressive number of caverns, with tours that will appeal to any level cave explorer. As you’re planning this year’s RV travel, consider discovering the wonders of California underground.

To start our tour of California caves, we’re headed for Lake Shasta, near Redding, CA. That’s where you’ll find Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark and a cave tour that begins with a boat ride! Cross the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake on your tour boat, ride the special bus to the cave’s remote entrance and then watch, listen and learn on a 45-minute guided tour through the cavern.

Tip for RV travelers hoping to visit: this cave tour isn’t suited for small children or anyone not able to climb multiple flights of stairs. If you’re up for it, you’re in for a treat and the surrounding scenery is spectacular, too. Numerous private RV campgrounds are located nearby to allow you to stay in comfort.

Another outstanding underground adventure is available in California Gold Country. This is your chance to visit not one but three caverns within three hours’ drive. To reach the northern-most cavern, travel US-50/CA-16 east from Sacramento to Sutter Creek, then CA-88 to Pine Grove’s Volcano Road to find Black Chasm National Natural Landmark. Whether you choose the walking cave tour or the Labyrinth Rock Scramble through an abandoned gold mine, it’ll be a fascinating trip.

You can then follow CA-88/CA-49 to California Cavern State Historic Landmark near San Andreas. This cavern offers three levels of exploration in a family-friendly atmosphere. Just down CA-49 to the south is Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, where you can rappel down the largest vertical chamber in the state, take a walking cave tour or combine rappelling with spelunking on the Adventure Tour.

For travelers hoping to add a magnificent national park into their caving adventures, why not visit Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park?  Crystal Cave, Sequoia National Park, CA  Travel CA-99 north from Bakersfield to Three Rivers and then on to the cave entrance within the national park. A half-mile hike will bring you to a marble wonderland below the surface of one of the nation’s prettiest preserves.

Round out your trip with hikes through groves of giant sequoias and a stay at a Three Rivers or Visalia campground.

For a truly unique caving experience, consider a trip to the La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve, where you can explore the Seven Caves of La Jolla by kayak. You can visit one of these limestone sea caves on land, but don’t miss the chance to see the wonders of the other six by kayak tour. It’s a quick drive from San Diego to La Jolla, and San Diego area RV campgrounds make an overnight stay easy.

These are just six of the ways to discover the beauty of California underground by RV. Plan to visit all six, or pick one for each long weekend this summer. With California RV rentals plentiful and campgrounds up and down the Golden State just waiting to play host, what better way to learn something new about California this year?

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How to Get Away from the Crowd While RV Camping

Traveling by RV is always comfortable, no matter whether you’re parked in a luxury RV resort or deep within a national forest. For campers who enjoy solitude, seeking campsites beyond developed campgrounds can be your best choice, if you’re willing to plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowd while RV camping is to take advantage of campsites at state and national forests. Here are just a few spots to consider as you plan your adventures:

  • If you’re planning a Virginia RV camping adventure, consider a visit to Shenandoah National Forest. The campgrounds there, set among woodlands, waterfalls and trails with panoramic views, offer dump stations, drinking water and large campsites.
  • Travelers planning a Pennsylvania RV vacation should take a look at the less-developed campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest. This vast greenspace is a fishing and hiking paradise and some campgrounds offer both electric or primitive campsites.
  • Visitors to California will want to take a look at Lassen National Forest, where several campgrounds accommodate your need for no-hookups privacy (and the views are simply breathtaking!)
  • Florida RV campers hoping for a less crowded environment can check out Osceola National Forest west of Jacksonville, especially the Ocean Pond campground. Three levels of camping allow you to pick how isolated you’d like to be while exploring the trails and waterways in this lush, green environment.

But you may be saying, “Wait a minute! What exactly do you mean by “camping outside of developed campgrounds”? What we’re talking about is a camping area where you’ll find a water supply, dump station and shower/restroom facilities close by, but perhaps without electric or water hookups at each campsite. You may not be able to use your electronic appliances and devices unless generator use is allowed, but the trade-off is in uncluttered views and uncrowded camping.

To take advantage of the beauty many of these campgrounds have to offer, you’ll have to plan ahead and make some adjustments to expectations. Here are some suggestions as you prepare to camp in a state or national forest campground.

  • Check ahead for rules about generator use, and plan for essentials accordingly.
  • Fill water tanks and empty waste water tanks before arriving.
  • Plan to cook on a gas stove or grill or plan menus that don’t require cooking.
  • Take care to only dispose of waste water at campground or park dump stations.
  • During the warmest hours of the day, plan activities like swimming or hiking in the deep woods to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead for safe food storage.
  • For ‘dispersed camping’ spots, where parking the RV is allowed in areas without amenities, you’ll need to pack out your own trash.

Being able to embrace the beauty of natural areas is possible even while enjoying RV comfort. Don’t own an RV? No problem—we’re always here to help with an RV rental.

With a little planning, camping in less crowded campgrounds might just become your favorite way to vacation. Why not start planning your get-away-from-it-all adventure now?

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California RV Camping Idea – Yuba Donner Scenic Byway

Yuba-Donner Scenic BywayDoes the thought of clear mountain lakes, national forest camping and the chance to play in an unforgettable northern California playground sound like the perfect vacation? If your answer is “Yes!” start planning now for an RV trip along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Your trailhead is in Truckee, California, just thirty miles from Reno, Nevada. All along this one hundred sixty mile Byway you’ll find magnificent scenery, exciting outdoor recreation and outstanding motorhome camping. Your entire itinerary is within the boundaries of the Tahoe National Forest, located in Northern California’s spectacular Sierra Nevadas.

Follow our quick guide below to planning your RV camping vacation along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Quick Guide to Planning Your Yuba Donner Scenic Byway Vacation

  • How You’ll Go: Start your journey in Truckee, California and travel north on CA-89 to Sierraville, then head west on CA-49 past Sierra City and Downieville. Your next leg is south down to Nevada City, finishing the circle by traveling CA-20 then I-80 east through Soda Springs, making your way back to Truckee. You can drive the entire byway in about six hours, but there’s so much to do and see, you’ll want to plan time to stop, camp and play along the way.
  • What You’ll See: This scenic byway roughly follows the route of the ill-fated Donner party, who spent a tragic winter here in 1846 when their wagon train was stranded by mountain snows. Take time to see the historic monuments and exhibits throughout this area to learn more about the stories of early pioneers as well as the California Gold Rush. One of our favorite side trips—Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park north of Nevada City.
  • What to Do: Hundreds of lakes, an abundance of mountain streams and rivers and impossibly tall granite bluffs provide excellent opportunities for fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, paddling, hiking, boating and swimming all along the Byway. Stop wherever you want along your route and take advantage of all this national forest has to offer.
  • Where to Camp: The National Forest Service website has detailed information on RV campgrounds within Tahoe National Forest, including nearby recreation opportunities. If you prefer private campgrounds, here are a couple of nearby RV parks to contact:
  • When to Go: The entire route is paved and is open year-round (some passes may close due to snowfall.) The peak season is after the winter snows have passed in the higher elevations, usually May 1 to September 1. RV packing tip: You’re going to find a wide range of temperatures as you wind your way through the Sierra Nevadas, so pack clothes for cool nights and warm days.
  • Where to Find an RV Rental: Here’s where we can help you plan the perfect vacation. With locations throughout California, it’s easy for you and your family to fly in, pick up a luxurious RV for your trip and head to Truckee. Click here to get started.

Get a jump on early summer RV travel this year by planning your trip to Yuba Donner Scenic Byway and Tahoe National Forest. Go for the history and natural beauty of the area and stay to enjoy a trip down a mountain river in a kayak, a visit to an historic mining town or a night spent camping in RV comfort, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This is the year to take the motorhome vacation your family’s been longing to enjoy. Northeastern California and the grandeur you’ll see along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway are custom-made for making RV camping memories.

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Travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in an RV for a Unique Experience

Picture of Lassen Peak as seen from the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Lassen Peak as seen from the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.

Get ready for an adventurous journey in an RV to see the legacy left us by the volcanic activity of yesteryear.  This is one trip that not only takes you into the beauty of the Shasta Cascade area, but affords you the opportunity for an unlimited amount of outdoor recreation. You will travel through forests, wetlands and farmlands to come to a sense of peace and pleasure in Northern California and the southern part of Oregon.

Start your trip near California’s Lake Almanor and stay awhile to enjoy boating, fishing and sailing. Numerous trails provide summertime hiking and the chance to explore the lake and forests. When you reach Chester, you should visit the statue of the famous logger, Paul Bunyan. Take a short side trip to Susanville and perhaps hike on the Bizz Johnson National Recreational Trail.

Only a few miles away you will come upon the famous Lassen Volcanic National Park with its unique geothermal features such as hot springs and fumaroles. You must be sure to include Bumpass Hell on your itinerary when here. This is where a man named Kendall Bumpass stepped through the thin crust of the earth and burned his leg so badly he had to have it amputated. His tragedy has become immortalized here.

When you reach Old Station as you drive north, you will have the opportunity for more hiking on the trails in the area, including Lassen Trail and Nobles Emigrant Trail. Also a must-see is the Subway Cave where you will walk through a lava tube. You’ll need a sweater or jacket, as it gets quite chilly inside. Don’t forget your flashlight either as there is no lighting. If you want to get in some fishing, nearby Hat Creek is one of the best places to go for trout.

As you enter Butte Valley, you will be traveling through the only National Grasslands in the state. Particularly known for the wide variety of wildlife, this area is an incredible place to fit in some bird watching time. This is a High Desert plateau with many lovely communities to pass through. Drive along Highway 97 and catch views of many natural sights. Butte Valley’s Wildlife Refuge is definitely a place to explore.

When reaching Tule Lake, more water sports are waiting for you. Take another side trip to Lava Beds National Monument for more unusual volcanic features such as cinder cones, lava tubes and more! This is a place of wonder for any traveler to enjoy!

As you approach the end of your journey, you can stop in Klamath to look around and also perhaps take time out for some golf at the Running Y Ranch. You will officially end your trip at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where the violent volcanic activity of years gone by is evident and will show you some of the mysteries of our earth. What an educational and recreational RV trip this has been, and you wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

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A Fabulous California Coast RV Trip

Picture of Dorn Bay in Clear Lake CA Fr,om Clear Lake State Park

Dorn Bay in Clear Lake, CA From Clear Lake State Park

Take a wonderful excursion along the California coast this coming month for some adventures worth having. The redwoods, the waves of the Pacific, all contribute to a getaway that gives an incredible amount of pleasure. Taking an RV vacation up the coast in Northern California tops the list as far as traveling in style and ease goes. Set your own pace and enjoy some of California’s wonders.

Ensure your camera is at the ready when you start your trip in Kelseyville. You’ll want to capture scenes of hillside wineries and weathered farm buildings. Walk through the town and stop in the quaint shops. On August 15, attend the Kickin’ in the Country Street Dance. Don’t miss Clear Lake State Park for water sports and sunny fun. You can catch crappie, catfish and largemouth bass in this sparkling lake. Take the Indian Nature Trail for a fascinating self-guided hike for half a mile which takes you through the site of an old Pomo village.

Next head to Philo to visit Hendy Woods State Park. Two beautiful redwood groves allow you to shed all those cares and worries as you explore this scenic area. Spend an afternoon looking around, having a delicious picnic and hiking the trails. See the redwood stump where the Hendy Woods Hermit used to live. Find quiet and peace in this park and be inspired.

Mendocino, California will be one place you will want to stay a while. With its gorgeous beaches and quaint downtown shops and homes, Mendocino brings to life the finer aspects of living. Just a few miles north of town you’ll discover a great RV park where you have beach access. Caspar Beach RV Park, with full or partial hookups, is a family and pet-friendly park that is perfect for your stay in Mendocino County. You can then take your time to see Mendocino Headlands State Park, hike its trails and visit the Historic Ford House museum.

A place for relaxation and an escape from the crowds is Fort Bragg. This destination is quite attractive to artists and outdoor lovers. The ocean breezes remind you that you are here on the lovely California coast. When you make your way to Glass Beach, be amazed at what Mother Nature has accomplished with trash from another era. The rainbows of colors of this glass worn smooth by the ocean waves are something to see. Then take time to visit MacKerricher State Park.

Head towards Weott and explore Humboldt Redwoods State Park for an inside look at the most amazing redwood groves. There are many easy trails that will take you through the woods and give you some needed exercise to boot. Your next stop up the road is Eureka where you can stroll the boardwalk, visit Old Town and even perhaps get a cruise of Humboldt Bay Harbor.

You can call this the end of your California coast trip or you can continue on to Orick and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Whichever your choice, you will have experienced some of the best that the Northern California coast can offer, and all in a comfortable RV that puts you more in control of your vacation!

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To the Mountains and Back on a California RV Adventure

Picture of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains

Enjoy a California adventure on an RV trip to the mountains and back. Discover some history, culture, outdoor fun and much more when you make your way from San Bernardino up into the San Bernardino Mountains and back to civilization once again. Smell that fresh pine air and fish with nature surrounding you. This will be one vacation that will go on your top ten list.

First, in San Bernardino find a lovely California city with a lot to offer. The views are marvelous no matter which direction you look. Camp in one of the RV parks in the area to discover convenient amenities. The San Bernardino RV Park is close to everything and will accommodate you with ease.

While in town, visit the Fullerton Museum of Art for a look at some collections you won’t forget. The Treasures of Ancient Egypt is there until the end of July, and you will certainly enjoy the photography of Elliott Robert Barkan and his Chicano Muralists in Southern California. Getting outdoors is what it is all about in Southern California, so take to the Santa Ana River Trail. Bike or hike through willow forests with river views.

Now head up to Lake Arrowhead for a true outdoor recreational experience! This is a spot with miles of trails, plenty of swimming opportunities and off-roading fun. If you wish to experience the lake in all its glory, take a paddleboat ride on Lake Arrowhead Queen. Another way many tourists enjoy the area is to take a helicopter tour. Now there is something to log in your vacation log!

Another popular place to go is beautiful Big Bear Lake. A scenic 25 mile drive from Lake Arrowhead will have you there where wildlife wanders and the pines invite you into the wilderness on the many hiking trails. Fishing at Big Bear is something all freshwater fishermen will enjoy, pulling in some bass or trout. Kids with you? It really doesn’t matter. Anyone of any age will have fun at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. See the Arctic foxes, American badgers, black bears, bobcats and the wide variety of birds there.

Now back to civilization. As you come down from the mountains, you may feel sorry to leave, but there is a lot more in store for you on this RV vacation. Redlands is a great place to have a delicious meal at any one of a long list of restaurants in this city. Sit and relax and listen to some great music in the summer concert series at Redlands Bowl. There will be music to fit everyone’s taste. Hear blue grass, pipe bands from the Highlands, or operas.

A few more stops on your itinerary include Riverside where you will want to visit Castle Park, ride the rides and see entertainment like Anthony the Magic. Then drive to Corona where you can fish at Corona Lakes, race indoor high-speed karts or stop at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa for a real rejuvenation from your exciting Southern California adventures. This is one getaway that makes other pale in comparison!

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Explore Northern California on a Loop Tour in an RV

Northern California holds many sights and sounds the like of which you can find no place else. Taking an RV tour of this incredibly scenic area is just the way to experience a vacation. Start in Chico, California heading north on Interstate 5. Breathtaking sights await you!

Picture of Lake Shasts

Lake Shasta

Arriving at Shasta Lake, you’ll discover some amazing adventures. The shoreline is magnificent, so a picnic will be in order. This extraordinary lake offers many opportunities for fun water sports. Rent a boat and get out on the water. Be sure to visit Lake Shasta Caverns for a view of this stunning underground world. Recommended is the Fawndale Oaks RV Park which can accommodate good-sized RV motorhomes.

When ready, continue north to Castella. Some great hiking is available here for those in good shape physically and who are ready to get out in nature. The Castle Dome Trail is an out and back hike for almost six miles. You can bring your dog along too! At Castle Crags State Park you can swim or fish the Sacramento River and do some more hiking on 28 miles of trails. At the park, you won’t be able to bring your dog on the trails, however.

After continuing on I-5 for a ways, you will then turn and travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway to Lava Beds National Monument. This geological wonder has battlefields, Native American art sites and a rugged landscape of volcanic features. Don’t miss the lava tube caves, as these are one of the most popular spots in the state to visit.

Further on you’ll come to Burney, a town known for its friendly folk and scenic views. Outdoor recreation is abundant in the area surrounding, and you can get out and do some fishing or hiking. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, the Burney Falls. The water cascades 129 feet, plunging into a misty basin.

Next stop will be Lassen Volcanic National Park with its fascinating fumaroles, lovely mountain meadows and lakes and of course, its volcanoes. Boiling water exists right below the surface and creates steaming pools and bubbling mud pots. Don’t miss Little Hot Springs Valley, Sulphur Works and Devils Kitchen.

The Lake Almanor basin and surrounding region offers a wide variety of outdoor fun. Ski, wakeboard, or kayak the waters or simply do some quiet bird watching. Move at your own speed but take time to absorb all the sights and sounds. This is a natural wonderland and you don’t want to miss a thing.

Now you can head back to Chico and perhaps grab a meal before heading home again. You have finished the loop tour. A vacation to Northern California is never boring and always a thrill in so many ways. Seeing how this area developed from millions of years of volcanic upheavals is always educational. But best of all, the gorgeous and captivating scenery is something that should not be missed.

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Travel to San Bernardino for an RV Vacation Experience

Picture of Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County, CA

Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, CA

An RV vacation this spring or summer to San Bernardino offers a lot of outdoor fun as well as many activities for city lovers. Right in the heart of Southern California, San Bernardino is a wonderful destination for those who want to do and see it all. Plenty of RV camping in the area too! You might wish to try San Bernardino RV Park as it is close to everything and has beautiful views as well as all the amenities you could want.

When you are settled and ready to see some of the sights around the town, you can head over to the Heritage House for a historic tour of this gorgeous Victorian home. Then over to the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art for a look at beautiful works of art! Perhaps you never dreamed you would see Egyptian artifacts right here in Southern California, but here they are! The San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum will also provide a unique view at some of the history of this region.

Evenings hold a special meaning when you attend the California Theatre of Performing Arts. This theatre started out as a vaudeville movie palace in the early 1900s, and now has an incredible array of shows for all ages. Want to try your hand at some gaming fun? Go to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and join millions of others who enjoy the games, service and entertainment.

Of course, coming to Southern California means plenty of recreational opportunities, and San Bernardino lacks nothing in this arena. The Santa Ana River Trail is the area’s longest trail, taking you through diverse landscapes. Bike the path and discover the beauty of urban parks, willow forests and river views. Hiking along this trail is perfect for some quiet time. Birders love to watch the feathered creatures who make their home along this corridor.

The San Bernardino National Forest is nearby and this is the place where you can really get out into nature and take it all in. If you have brought along your off-highway vehicle, you will find plenty of places to ride. Horseback riding, hiking, bicycling – whatever you choose will work in this forestland! Lake Arrowhead is located here, and since it is called the “Alps of Southern California,” you can imagine the outdoor fun that awaits you here. There are miles of trails around the lake, and you can also get out on the water to soak up some sun.

Nobody wants to miss visiting Big Bear when it is so close. The weather is cooler up here and wildlife is abundant. Wander around town and pick up a few gifts for friends, then hike among the pines. The mountain air is invigorating and the scenery is inspiring. Big Bear Lake is one attraction which lives up to its promise. Fishing here is addictive. Catch some bass, catfish or trout.

This is one vacation you won’t want to pass up. It is a real RV adventure and a getaway you won’t forget.

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Travel a California Scenic Route for an RV Adventure in Redwood Forests

Picture of Old Growth Redwoods

Old Growth Redwoods

The California redwoods are a spectacular sight, and the coast of the state is the best place to see these magnificent trees. You can reap the pleasures of a redwood adventure in Northern California all the better when traveling in an RV motorhome. Although this is a year-round destination, nothing can really beat the springtime for some of the best in nature experiences. Start out at Humboldt Redwoods State Park where you can make your home base. There is an entire redwood ecosystem here and it is part of the largest old-growth forest in the world.

First establish your campsite in the park. The campgrounds will accommodate RVs up to 33 feet. Then you can begin your exploration. Start with Founders Grove where you can hike along shaded trails and witness the beauty of these giant redwoods. The Dyerville Giant is a must-see, a fallen redwood that was about 362 feet tall. Take the Mahan Loop for some more sights and to learn some history of the area.

When you have had some fun exploring the park, you can then take Briceland Thorn Road from Humboldt State Park to Shelter Cove. This takes you to the coast where you can adventure along the shores and have some fun tide-pooling. There are unique creatures in the waters and you will have an interesting time trying to identify them. In town you will find wonderful food. Comb the beaches or hike the trails in the area. There are many things to do.

As you drive back from Shelter Cove to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, stop in Garberville. This quaint town has a number of unique shops where you can pick up some gifts for friends and neighbors back home. You can find some great places to eat as well, or to stock up on food in your RV kitchen. In the summer there are festivals and craft fairs to enjoy.

Back to Humboldt State Park after this scenic journey and you are ready to embark on the wonderfully scenic Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile odyssey that you’ll never forget. Here you will see the most redwood giants and can take time out as desired for some outdoor fun. Have a picnic with the ancient redwoods towering over you. Fish the streams or bike ride on trails in the forest.

Go north on this scenic byway and when you reach Redwood Highway continue northward for more vacation delights. You will come to Scotia where you should stop and take in the historic charm of this California town. Once you reach Ferndale you will be intrigued by the antiques, art galleries and the stunning surroundings. Be sure to drive the Mattole Road while here, as this takes you on a 28-mile scenic drive through the forest and gives you access to many trailheads and hiking adventures.

This is one Northern California RV trip you won’t want to miss. Perfect for spring and perfect for a relaxing getaway.

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