Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park stretches 40 miles along the Pacific Coastline in Northern California. The massive coastal redwoods, or Sequoia sempervirens, grow along the state’s rugged north coast. This area is home to the National park along with numerous state parks such as Prairie Creek, Del Norte and Jedediah Smith.
A state park that is usually not included with these three is Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It is about 40 minutes south of Eureka, CA, and has some of the best trails (and trees) in the area. Do not miss this park as well!
This park is free to get into, and makes a perfect companion park to visit along with Crater Lake or Lassen Volcanic.
Places to Stay When Visiting
Anywhere along the 40 miles of coastline is a great place to stay. Since the park is a mix of national and state parks, there are no official lodges inside park boundaries, but there are dozens of towns with hotels, Airbnbs, VRBO rentals or resorts. A few of the best places to look for lodging accommodations are:
- Arcata, CA
- Crescent City, CA
- Requa, CA
- Klamath, CA
- Orick, CA
- Trinidad, CA
- Eureka, CA
Eureka is the largest city of those, and in a pretty good central location, especially if your next stop is San Francisco. Crescent City also has a ton of great options and allows you to visit all the state and national parks very easily.
VISIT Redwood National Park:
Redwood National Park was established on October 2, 1968, and has a total area of 138,999 acres (217 square miles, or 563 square kilometers).
|Address||1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA, 95531|
|Hours||24 hours a day, 365 days a year|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Redwood National Park is the 122nd most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Redwood National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Redwood National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Redwood National Park are April, May, June & October.
Redwood National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Redwood National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|Portland to San Francisco Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway||758||9|
|Lassen Volcanic, Redwoods to Crater Lake||767||8|
|Crater Lake, Redwoods to Golden Gate Bridge||720||9|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Redwood National Park.
|Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve||63 mi|
|Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area||88 mi|
|Lava Beds National Monument||132 mi|
|Tule Lake National Monument||134 mi|
|Lassen Volcanic National Park||142 mi|
|Crater Lake National Park||146 mi|
|Point Reyes National Seashore||231 mi|
|Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial||247 mi|
|Muir Woods National Monument||247 mi|
|John Muir National Historic Site||249 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Redwood National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Elk Prairie - Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park||Orick, CA more||4 miles|
|Humboldt Lagoons State Park||Trinidad, CA more||7 miles|
|Gold Bluffs Beach - Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park||Orick, CA more||8 miles|
|Big Lagoon County Park||Trinidad, CA more||12 miles|
|Patricks Point State Park||Trinidad, CA more||14 miles|
|Fish Lake||Orleans, CA more||17 miles|
|E - Ne - Nuck||Orleans, CA more||18 miles|
|Clam Beach County Park||Arcata, CA more||22 miles|
|Beans Camp||CA more||22 miles|
|Pearch Creek||Orleans, CA more||25 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Redwood National Park:
|China Peak||Big Bar, CA||8,709 ft||66%||44 mi|
|Mount Ashland||Ashland, OR||7,533 ft||55%||86 mi|
|Mount Shasta Ski Park||Mount Shasta, CA||6,890 ft||46%||89 mi|
|Mountain High||Wrightwood, CA||8,200 ft||53%||93 mi|
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Redwood National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Redwood National Park.
|Sacramento International Airport||SMF||Sacramento, CA||220 mi|
|Reno–Tahoe International Airport||RNO||Reno, NV||255 mi|
|Oakland International Airport||OAK||Oakland, CA||265 mi|
|San Francisco International Airport||SFO||San Francisco, CA||268 mi|
|Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport||SJC||San Jose, CA||293 mi|
|Portland International Airport||PDX||Portland, OR||304 mi|
|Seattle–Tacoma International Airport||SEA||Seattle, WA||433 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Redwood National Park.
|California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport||ACV||Arcata/Eureka, CA||23 mi|
|Jack Mc Namara Field Airport||CEC||Crescent City, CA||35 mi|
|Rogue Valley International Medford Airport||MFR||Medford, OR||94 mi|
|Redding Municipal Airport||RDD||Redding, CA||104 mi|
|Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport||LMT||Klamath Falls, OR||131 mi|
|Southwest Oregon Regional Airport||OTH||North Bend, OR||147 mi|
|Eugene Airport (Mahlon Sweet Field)||EUG||Eugene, OR||199 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.