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California Redwoods & Giant Sequoia Parks

Redwoods & Sequoia Parks Overview

Redwood trees and Sequoia trees are the two varieties of giant Redwoods found in California. California Redwoods grow on the North Coast from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border and are also referred to as the 'Coast Redwood' or 'Giant Redwoods'. The Giant Sequoia tree grows farther inland throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Yosemite to Sequoia. Both are species of Redwood tree and Sequoia tree and equally impressive in size, growing more than 300-feet tall and 20-feet in diameter at the trunk. The Sequoia tree is larger in girth while Redwood trees are taller. Many date back more than 2,000 years to before our modern calendar. A visit to any Redwood forest or Sequoia park is awe inspiring. Unfortunately, a shameful past of logging during the 1800's has left us with less than 10% of the original old-growth Redwood forest. Evidence of this destruction can be found in most remaining parks in the form of felled trees and behemoth stumps. In the early years of conservation, many Giant Redwoods had tunnels cut through them as a cheap tourist attraction, which also served an early fate to some trees. Today, millions of visitors per year are humbled by a visit to a California Redwood or Sequoia forest or Sequoia.

Largest Giant Sequoias

Tallest Giant Redwoods

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San Francisco Redwood Park

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is located in Santa Rosa off Highways 128 & 29 between Calistoga and St. Helena. Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and horseback riding. Hiking trails head through a Redwood forest. A Visitor Center, early pioneer cemetery and picturesque creek are popular destinations for visitors. A swimming pool is available during the summer months.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4575
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Butano State Park is located 5 miles southeast of Pescadero and Highway 101, off Cloverdale Road. Situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains and features a dense canyon filled with Redwood trees. The main activities at Butano are camping and hiking along the many ocean view trails. Nearby Pescadero State Beach offers beach access. Visitor Center on-site.

Butano State Park
Pescadero, California 94060
(650) 879-2040
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Portola Redwoods State Park is located west of Saratoga and Highway 85, off Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard). It has two creeks and some of the tallest Redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The main activities at Portola Redwoods are camping and hiking on nearly 20-miles of trails that wind through a dense Redwood forest. Visitor center on site.

Portola Redwoods State Park
9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, California 94020
(650) 948-9098
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Castle Rock State Park is located west of Saratoga off Big Basin Way. It features a Redwood forest mixed with Douglas-fir and Madrone Redwood trees. Popular activities at Castle Rock include hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing.

Castle Rock State Park
15000 Skyline Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 867-2952
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Big Basin Waterfall

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located northwest of Santa Cruz and Highway 9, off Highway 236 (Big Basin Way). It features a dense Redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Activities include hiking and backpacking along the many ocean view and waterfall abundant trails. General Store and visitor center on-site.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, California 95006
(831) 338-8860
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located north of Santa Cruz and Graham Hill Road. Activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing. The San Lorenzo River passes through the Redwood forest and offers salmon and steelhead fishing in the winter. Roaring Camp Railroad is situated next to Henry Cowell and offers historic train rides through the Redwood trees and down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Visitor center on site.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
Felton, California 95018
(831) 438-2396
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Sierra Nevada Sequoia Park

Calaveras Giant Sequoia

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located east of Stockton and four miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4. Calaveras Big Trees is a Giant Sequoia grove with a self-guided trail and campgrounds. Activities include hiking and camping. Some campgrounds are located adjacent to Giant Sequoia trees but other, more secluded camps, are farther into the park. The self-guided tour is the most interactive we've seen in a Giant Sequoia grove with multiple walk-through Sequoia trees and a bench that tilts back perfectly to relax and view the entire span of a Giant Sequoia tree. The hard-packed trails and boardwalks through the forest are wheelchair accessible when dry.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, The Tunnel Tree at Calaveras Big Trees, also known as the "Pioneer Cabin Tree", fell on January 8th, 2017.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Arnold, California 95223
(209) 795-2334
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Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove

Yosemite National Park is located north of Fresno, east of Modesto and west of Lee Vining in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Renowned as one of the world's natural wonders, Yosemite is an expansive playground of glacier-carved granite. Natural features include shear granite megaliths, Giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls, meadows and many lakes and streams. Activities in Yosemite include camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, inner tubing, snow skiing and so much more. There is so much to see and do in Yosemite that we've dedicated an entire page to Yosemite Park.

Yosemite National Park
P.O.Box 577
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200
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  • Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is located near the intersection of Tioga Pass and Big Oak Roads in the northwest portion of the park. This Giant Sequoia grove is accessible via a 2.5 mile round trip hiking trail. The trail drops steeply from the trailhead parking lot to a small grove of Giant Sequoia trees including a walk-through tree.

  • Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias is located 2 miles west of Tioga Pass and Big Oak Road intersection in the northwest portion of the park. This Giant Sequoia grove is accessible via a 3 mile round trip hiking trail. This is a small Giant Sequoia grove.

  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located off Highway 41 at the southernmost entrance gate. This is Yosemite's largest Giant Sequoia grove and also the most accessible. The grove is split into an upper and lower portion. Choose to explore Sequoia trees on foot or by tram. Total distance is 5 to 6 miles round trip but there are nearly a dozen dirt trails that wind through the Sequoia grove making it easy to spend an entire day there. Multiple interesting Sequoia trees include the Grizzly Giant, Fallen Monarch, California Tunnel Tree, Telescope Tree and many more. There are Visitor Centers at the parking lot and the top of the Sequoia grove where there are restrooms and souvenirs. Parking can be tight in the summer months - consider parking at the Wawona store and catching the Mariposa Grove shuttle. Yosemite Trails Packstation in Fish Camp offers guided horseback rides through the grove.


The General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon Park

Kings Canyon National Park is located east of Fresno and Visalia off Highway 99. Easily accessed from Highway 180 out of Fresno or Highway 198 out of Visalia. This is a huge wilderness area with camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving and picnicking. Features include Giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls, and caverns. Tours depart daily into Boyden Cavern which contains impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Join a horseback riding trip from one of several pack stations in the region.

Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341
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  • Cedar Grove - Kings Canyon is located off Highway 180 high up in the Sierra Nevada at Cedar Grove Village. Consider exploring on horseback from the Cedar Grove Pack Station.

  • Indian Basin Grove - Kings Canyon is located off Highway 180 approximately 7 miles north of Grant Grove Village. Small Sequoia grove is accessible via an easy 6-mile trail from Princess Campground. Interesting Sequoia trees include the Boole Tree and Chicago Stump. Indian Basin Grove has smaller Sequoia trees with plenty of evidence of giant trees that were felled in the early 1900's in the form of massive stumps.

  • Converse Basin Grove - Kings Canyon is located off Highway 180 approximately 5 miles north of Grant Grove Village. This large Sequoia grove is accessible via an easy to moderate 2.5-mile trail. Interesting Sequoia trees include the Boole Tree and Chicago Stump. Converse Basin is the largest contiguous Sequoia grove in the world and contains approximately 60 large Sequoia trees.

  • Grant Grove photo courtesy of the National Park Service General Grant Grove - Kings Canyon is located off Highway 180 at the northwestern entrance to the park. This Sequoia grove contains two of the top 12 largest Sequoia trees including the General Grant Tree. Consider exploring on horseback from the Grant Grove Stables.

  • Redwood Mountain Grove - Kings Canyon is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 5 miles east of the Big Stump entrance station at the northwest portion of the park. The turnoff is open during summer only and leads to the largest Giant Sequoia grove in the world. Two of the top 25 largest Sequoia trees grow here. Over 10 miles of trails traverse this Sequoia grove.


Justin & Giant Sequoia, Sentinel

Sequoia National Park is located east of Fresno and Visalia off Highway 99. Both regions can be accessed from Highway 180 out of Fresno or Highway 198 out of Visalia. This is a huge wilderness area with camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving and picnicking. Features include Giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls, and caverns. Tours depart daily into Crystal Cave which contains impressive stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean streams. Join a horseback riding trip from one of several pack stations in the region.

Sequoia National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3341
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  • Lost Grove - Sequoia is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 1 mile south of Stony Creek Village at the border between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. A 3-mile round trip trail traverses this small but relatively manageable Giant Sequoia grove. Trail links up with the Muir Grove Trail. trailhead begins at Dorst Creek Campground.

  • Muir Grove - Sequoia is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 1 mile south of Stony Creek Village at the border between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. A 4-mile round trip trail traverses this small but relatively manageable Giant Sequoia grove. Trail links up with the Lost Grove Trail. trailhead begins at Dorst Creek Campground.

  • General Sherman photo courtesy of the National Park Service Giant Forest - Sequoia is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 5 miles south of Lodgepole Village. This large Sequoia park includes several interesting Sequoia trees including the Auto Log, Tunnel Log, Tharp's Log and General Sherman Tree, the largest Sequoia tree in the world by volume. Three of the top five largest Sequoia trees in the world are found in the Giant Forest.

  • Atwell Grove - Sequoia is located off Highway 198 (Generals Highway) approximately 15 miles east on Mineral King Road, near the southernmost entrance to Sequoia National Park. Atwell is a small Sequoia grove.


Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias is located off Highway 41 between Oakhurst and Fish Camp. Access from either Sierra Sky Road or Sugar Pine Road. Watch for a sign reading 'Shadow of the Giants'. Follow the trailhead for an easy one-mile loop through this remote giant sequoia grove. Although not as well known as the sequoia groves in nearby National Parks, Nelder Grove has many trees of equally impressive size including the Bull Buck Tree, which was once a contender as "The World's Largest Tree".

Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias
Oakhurst, California 93644
(559) 760-9108
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The Hercules Tree is located off Highway 190 east of Porterville. Situated in Mountain Home Grove at Balch Park, the Hercules Tree is a Giant Sequoia that was hollowed out into a room at the base. This unique Sequoia room can be access via a carved staircase. Mountain Home Grove was spared from logging by early pioneers who realized their future importance and today contains some of the largest Sequoia trees in the state. The Hercules Tree can be found near Frasier Mill Campground.

Hercules Tree
Mountain Home Grove
Springville, CA 93265
(559) 760-9108
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Giant Sequoia trees are located throughout Sequoia National Forest and are mostly small and secluded. Some of these include Windy Gulch Grove, Suwanee Grove, Redwood Meadow Grove, Castle Creek Grove, Eden Creek Grove, Dillonwood Grove, McKinley Grove, Freeman Creek Grove, Balch Park Grove and more. Talk with a Ranger at the National Park Visitor Center for directions and maps to these lesser-known groves. The stables at Balch Park Pack Station offer horseback riding trips through Giant Sequoias. MORE INFO


North Coast Redwoods

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is located along Highway 101 north of Eureka. Three California State Parks dedicated to preserving old-growth Redwood trees are within Redwood National Park. Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's oldest and tallest Redwood trees. Redwoods can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet tall. Rich red tree trunks against the lush, fern canopy make strikingly beautiful contrasts. Much of Redwood National Park ends at the ocean with steep, rocky cliffs meeting a Redwood forest. Some areas level out to form lagoons and estuaries. Activities include camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, and more.

NOTE: The Star Wars Ewok planet Endor is actually portions of Redwood National Park. This is where most scenes were filmed.

Redwood National Park
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, California 95331-4198
(707) 464-6101
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  • Stout Grove photo courtesy of the National Park Service Jedediah Smith Redwoods is located nine miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199. This Redwood state park is named after the famous explorer that led the first expedition from the Great Salt Lake to the California coast. It is one of three state parks in the region that are part of Redwood National Park. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park features 10,000 acres of old-growth Redwood forest including Lost Monarch, the tallest Redwood tree. A dense canopy of ferns, moss and lichens fill the Redwood forest floor. Black bear, river otter, beaver and fox still roam these lands. King salmon and steelhead trout spawn in the Smith River and Mill Creek. Activities include redwoods camping, biking, hiking, swimming and horseback riding.

    Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
    Crescent City, California 95531
    (707) 464-6101
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  • Del Norte Coast Redwoods is located 7 miles south of Crescent City off Highway 101. This Redwood state park is one of three state parks in the region that are part of Redwood National Park. Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park features 6400 acres with approximately 50% old-growth Redwoods and eight miles of wild coastline. Hiking trails traverse the steep cliffs to the sea. A sand beach features tide pools at low tide. Activities include redwoods camping, hiking and biking.

    Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
    1375 Elk Valley Road
    Crescent City, California 95531
    (707) 464-6101
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  • Fern Canyon photo courtesy of the National Park Service Prairie Creek Redwoods is located 50 miles north of Eureka off Highway 101. This is one of three state parks in the region that are part of Redwood National Park. Activities include redwoods camping, fishing, tide pool exploration, hiking and horseback riding. This Redwood park is known for its nature trails through lush fern canopy beneath towering California Redwoods. Four of the top ten tallest Redwood trees in the world are found in Prairie Creek Redwoods. Fern Canyon and Rhododendron Trail are two popular trails at Prairie Creek. Fern Canyon follows a creek bed to the ocean and features several species of fern protruding from the canyon walls. Every year in May, Rhododendron Trail features blooming rhododendrons and azaleas that grow wild.

    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
    127011 Newton B. Drury Parkway
    Orick, California 95555
    (707) 465-7347
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  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove - Redwood N.P. is located off Bald Hills Road just north of Orick on Highway 101. A one-mile loop encircles the grove where rhododendrons and azaleas color the forest floor during the fall.

  • Tall Trees Grove - Redwood N.P. is located off Bald Hills Road just north of Orick on Highway 101. Visiting this grove of Redwood trees requires a 16-mile round trip hike along the picturesque Redwood Creek Trail.


Trees of Mystery is located south of Crescent City off Highway 101. Trees of Mystery is situated in the heart of Redwood National Park and features unusual to incredible formations of Redwood trees. Follow a short interpretive trail through the Redwood forest or take the Sky Trail gondola to the peak for astounding panoramic views from the lush Redwood trees to the rugged Humboldt coastline. Trees of Mystery also includes a Native American Museum with the most extensive private collection of basketry in the world. View artifacts from the local Yurok, Karok and Tolowa tribes to the Zunis of the southwest and those from the mid-western planes. Also at Trees of Mystery is a motel and café. Look for Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.

Trees of Mystery
15500 Highway 101 North
Klamath, CA 95548
(800) 638-3389

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The Tour-Thru Tree is located on the north side of the Klamath River near the junction of Highways 101 and 169. This privately-owned grove features a Redwood tree that you can drive through. At more than 700 years old and 15 feet in diameter, the Tour-Thru Tree can easily fit most cars, vans and trucks.

Tour-Thru Tree
430 Highway 169
Klamath, CA 95548
(707) 482-5971

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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is located 20 miles southeast of Eureka on Highway 101 and 17 miles east on Highway 36. A more off-the-beaten-path Redwood grove, Cheatham Grove is a small but exceptional stand of California Redwoods that the founder of Georgia Pacific was inspired to preserve. Redwood park features 30 campsites, horse shoe pits, group camp, picnic areas and more. Activities include redwoods camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
16949 Highway 36
Carlotta, CA 95528
(707) 777-3683
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Avenue of the Giants

Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located 45 miles south of Eureka along the Avenue of the Giants and 20 miles north of Garberville. Humboldt Redwoods features 53,000 acres of pristine Redwood forest, 17,000 acres of which is old-growth Redwood trees thousands of years old. Take a 32 mile self-guided auto tour through Avenue of the Giants. This is California's largest Redwood park with more than 100 of the world's tallest Redwood trees. Activities include redwoods camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing and swimming in the Eel River.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Myers Flat, California 95554
(707) 946-2409
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The Shrine Drive-Thru Tree is located off Highway 101 at the southern entrance to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It's one of the few remaining drive-thru trees in the state. A gift shop sells local arts & crafts and souvenirs.

Shrine Drive-Thru Tree Auto Park
Avenue of the Giants and Boy Scout Road
Myers Flat, CA 95554
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Richardson Grove State Park is located 7 miles south of Garberville on Highway 101. This Redwood grove is located along the south fork Eel River and offers redwoods camping, hiking, swimming and fishing within an old-growth Redwood forest. Richardson Grove contains one of the top ten tallest Redwood trees as well as a walk-through Redwood tree. An historic Redwood lodge houses a visitor center and gift shop.

Richardson Grove State Park
1600 US Highway 101
Garberville, CA 95440
(707) 247-3318
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Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve is located 4 miles north of Leggett on Highway 101. This Redwood state park features the Frank and Bess Smithe Grove of California Redwoods. Another popular feature is a 60-foot waterfall.

Smithe Redwoods SNR
Highway 101
Riverdale, CA 93656
(707) 247-3318
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Standish-Hickey State Park is located just north of Leggett off Highway 101. Standish-Hickey is considered the 'Gateway to Tall Trees Country' and offers the Grove Trail through Giant Redwoods. Situated along the south fork Eel River, Standish-Hickey offers activities including redwoods camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming and fishing.

Standish-Hickey State Park
69350 U.S. Hwy. 101, Box #2
Leggett, California 95455
(707) 925-6482
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Drive-Thru Chandelier Tree

The Drive-Thru Tree Park is located at the junction of Highways 1 and 101 in Leggett. This small Redwood grove features the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree as its focal point. Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnic tables and a gift shop.

Drive-Thru Tree Park
67402 Drive-Thru Tree Road
Leggett, CA 95585
(707) 925-6464
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Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve is located west of Ukiah off Orr Springs Road. Follow a 3-mile looping trail up Montgomery Creek to five separate Redwood groves. This Redwood grove is a striking mix of rich Redwood and lush ferns. One of the top ten tallest Redwood trees in the world can be found in Montgomery Grove.

Montgomery Woods SNR
15825 Orr Springs Road
Ukiah, California 95482
(707) 937-5804
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Hendy Woods State Park located off Highway 128 (Boonville Road) west of Philo. Two miles of trail traverse through two separate Redwood groves. Popular activities at Hendy Woods include redwoods camping, picnicking and swimming and canoeing in the Navarro River. Consider exploring the Redwood forest on horseback with Highland Ranch guided horseback riding adventures.

Hendy Woods State Park
Philo Greenwood Road
Philo, CA 95466
(707) 895-3141
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Armstrong Redwoods State Park is located off Highway 116 (River Road) north of Guerneville. This Redwood state grove features an old-growth Redwood forest. The park features a visitor center, amphitheater, nature trails and horseback riding stables. Picnic areas include grills, tables and restrooms.

Armstrong Redwoods State Park
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-2015
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