Happy Arbor Day from Redwood National and State Parks – home of the world’s tallest trees. These towering trees sprout from a seed the size of a tomato seed, and they can grow to a height of 367 feet. That’s about the size of 35-story skyscraper. These trees’ ability to regenerate allows it to prosper despite insects and fire, and ultimately to survive as a species. Visitors to California’s Redwood National and State Parks and Headwaters Forest Reserve often come to just see these world-famous trees, but nothing prepares them for a hike in the ethereal forests of massive redwoods shrouded in fog with light streaming through the trees. Check out more remarkable trees on public lands: on.doi.gov/trees
Photo courtesy of Scotty Perkins.
What’s the best hike in Redwood National and State Parks? All of them! When walking through a redwood grove on a fog-shrouded morning, sounds are reduced to the musical gurgle of water trickling amongst ferns and mossy rocks, light ebbs with the somber mist and rays of sun hang like cobwebs. Stillness and peace weave their spells on you. For those with mobility issues, a number of the park’s trails are ADA accessible, and wheelchairs and beach wheelchairs are available at its visitor centers. Photo by Anna Day (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Among the incredible moments you can experience on public lands, one of the most overwhelming has to be walking among the tall trees at Redwood National and State Parks in California. Growing taller than a 35-story building, redwoods can live to be 2,000 years old. Only California’s North Coast provides the soil and climate necessary for these immense trees to flourish. They are truly a marvel of nature. Photo by Stuart Gordon (www.sharetheexperience.org).