HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK
Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses nearly 53,000 acres, of which over 17,000 are untouched old growth coast redwoods. Created in 1921 with the small Bolling Memorial Grove the park has grown over the years to include a diverse ecosystem including the entire Bull Creek watershed and the Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old growth redwood forest in the world. This is the third largest California State Park and protects an environment unique to anywhere else on earth.
A wide variety of activities and facilities are available. There are over 250 family campsites in three different campgrounds, plus environmental camps, group camps, trail camps, and a horse camp. Over 100 miles of trail await exploration by hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The South Fork Eel River provides fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities, and there are many day use areas for picnicking, family activities, or for just enjoying the pristine environment.
Some favorite locations include the Founders Grove Nature Trail, the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, and the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center. The Visitor Center offers a wide variety of fun and educational exhibits and activities, including a theatre, displays, a bookstore, and the famous Kellogg Travel Log. Auto Tour brochures are available at either end of the Avenue of the Giants and at the Visitor Center. During the summer season interpretive activities including nature walks, Junior Ranger programs, and campfire programs are held daily.
To help plan your trip be sure to check out all of the links located on the left side of the screen.
Summer: Highs in the 70?s to 90?s, lows in the 50?s.Winter: Highs in the 50?s to 60?s, lows in the 20?s to 30?s.
Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather. The park receives between 60 and 80 inches of rain per year, the vast majority of which falls between October and May. Rain in the summer season is unusual, but does occur. In the summer there is often morning fog which usually burns off by noon at the very latest. Summer temperatures can vary widely ? there can be as much as a thirty degree temperature difference between the extreme north end of the park, closer to the ocean, and the southern end of the park, just 30 miles away. Winter snow is unusual but does occur at the higher elevations in the park, usually above 2000 feet. Layered clothing is recommended at any time of year.
Established in 1921, the park is located within California's Humboldt County. It was originally named Bull Creek-Dyerville State Park. In 1931, it expanded to include Rockefeller Forest due to a donation from John D. Rockefeller Jr., making it home to the world's largest remaining contiguous old-growth forest of coastal redwoods.
The Save-the-Redwoods League played an instrumental role in its development and expansion over time by acquiring more land for preservation purposes.
In addition to preserving ancient trees, this area also protects wildlife habitats and watersheds while offering recreational opportunities such as hiking trails and campgrounds.
- Burlington Campground: Offers 57 campsites, flush toilets and hot showers.
- Hidden Springs Campground: Provides over 150 sites with restrooms.
- Albee Creek Campgrounds: Features a mix of sun and shade campsite options.
- Cuneo Creek Horse Camps: Equipped for horse camping with corrals available.
- Wildcat Group Camping Area: Ideal for large groups up to 60 people.
- Marlborough campground: A smaller site suitable for tent-only camping.