Trailer Camping at Redwood National Park

December 12, 2011
Filed under National Parks

Spending time among the towering, ancient redwood trees of Redwood National Park is something every camping fan must try once.

The trees create the perfect backdrop for the 200 miles of trails and a large swath of coastline. Hikers can choose from dozens of hikes from quick and easy to long and grueling. Boaters can kayak and fish just off one of the few pristine California coastlines.

For the avid wild life viewers, there is a huge variety of fauna to look out for. Wildlife includes the marbled murrelet, a robin-sized seabird that nest in the conifer trees and hunts for fish in the sea. Elk, bears and mountain lions also inhabit the park, as do many species of frogs, insects and others. Gray whales are even a common sight off the coast November through December and again March through April.

For those who prefer scenic drives, there are many paved and unpaved roads that offer beautiful views of Redwood National Park, including the paved Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway which is a 10-mile drive through old redwood growth to the 8 miles of unpaved and paved Coastal Drive that boasts many wonderful opportunities to see sea lions, whales, pelicans and other wildlife.

Trailer camping near the park is one of the best ways to see all that it has to offer without getting too wet. The weather remains pretty steady throughout the year, ranging between 40 and 60 degrees. Summers tend to be warmer, especially inland, but fog is common. In fact, the redwoods rely on the moisture from wetter weather, including summer fogs and winter rains. Campers should be prepared for cool, wet weather any time of the year.

To find a camping site nearby, visit California campgrounds.

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