increase font use small font sizeuse medium font sizeuse large font size

Redwood National and State Parks

The Redwood National and State Parks complex extends from Orick in Humboldt County to Crescent City in Del Norte County. It sprawls along 50 miles of coastline and harbors more than 100,000 acres of old- and second-growth redwood trees, including the world's tallest tree, measuring 367.8 feet. Within its boundaries are three state parks—Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah...
The Redwood National and State Parks complex extends from Orick in Humboldt County to Crescent City in Del Norte County. It sprawls along 50 miles of coastline and harbors more than 100,000 acres of old- and second-growth redwood trees, including the world's tallest tree, measuring 367.8 feet. Within its boundaries are three state parks—Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods—and other sites within the Klamath, Crescent City, and Orick areas which together constitute a World Heritage site and international biosphere reserve.

Both the California State Parks Department and National Park Service manage this vast complex, where you will find an impressive variety of landscapes to explore, from fog-shrouded beaches to ancient redwood forests. Opportunities for hiking, cycling, camping, and scenic drives will keep you busy for days. Most hiking trails are difficult or inaccessible for wheelchair riders; however, the two trails covered below, Lady Bird Johnson and Redwood Creek, are worth visiting. Other trails within the complex are described on the pages for the individual parks. Stop at any of the wheelchair-accessible visitor information centers within this park system—Prairie Creek, Kuchel, Hiouchi, Jedediah Smith, and park headquarters in Crescent City—to pick up maps and brochures.

Trail/Pathway Details

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Trailhead: Opposite end of the parking lot from the restroom

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

The approach is very steep and other sections of the trail may be greater than 1:12.

Terrain: Moderately Firm

Obstacles: The very steep approach at the trailhead was not a problem in my motorized wheelchair, but manual wheelchair riders will likely need assistance.

Description

Lady Bird Johnson Trail was dedicated to the first lady in 1969 in honor of her work to beautify and conserve the land and for her staunch advocacy for the creation of Redwood National Park. This popular mile-long loop trail winds through an old-growth redwood forest that crowns Bald Hills Ridge. The forest is more open than many...
view full description

Redwood Creek Trail

Trailhead: At wooden bridge by parking lot

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

The trail narrows to less than 24 inches at about .75 mile.

Typical Grade: Gentle

Occasional cross-slopes greater than 8 percent may be an annoyance to manual wheelchair riders.

Terrain: Moderately Firm

May be impassable in wet weather

Description

Redwood Creek Trail travels for eight miles along an abandoned logging road on a gentle ascent from the trailhead inland to Tall Trees Grove. At least the first mile is accessible, but I turned around after that because the path became too bumpy for me to enjoy. According to the park service, 1.5 miles are accessible, but after...
view full description

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Two miles south of Orick, Thomas Kuchel is the closest visitor center to Redwood Creek Trail and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. It is situated away from the redwoods, by the ocean, and has a bookstore and exhibits about coast redwoods and watersheds. No access aisle at Redwood Creek Trail lot Both Redwood Creek and Lady Bird Johnson trails have vault toilets by the parking lot; neither has running water.
A curb blocks access at Redwood Creek and there are no tables at Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Lady Bird Johnson Grove (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

Have a photo to add? Login to upload

Features icon key

  • hiking

Additional Information

View Map  
Website: www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm
Managing Agency: National Park Service and State Parks
Nearest City: Orick
Phone: (707) 464-6101
Hours: Trails: Sunrise to sunset. Visitor center: Open daily, spring through fall: 9 am-5 pm; winter: 9 am-4 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: Not allowed
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 3, 2012
Access Norhtern California This web guide is a project of Access Northern California.  
California Coastal Conservancy Thanks to our partner the California Coastal Conservancy

DISCLAIMER: Although the information contained in this web-guide was believed to be correct at the time of publication, neither Access Northern California nor California Coastal Conservancy shall be held responsible or liable for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions, nor for information that changes or becomes outdated. Neither Access Northern California nor California Coastal Conservancy assume any liability for any injury or damage arising out of, or in connection with, any use of this guide or the sites described in it.

close
Accessible Wheelchair Icon looks like a wheelchair with balloon wheelsBeach Accessible
Wheelchairs Available
  Hiking icon is silhouette of a hikerHiking & Trails
Biking icon looks like person riding a bikeBicycling   Good for Familis icon is a child on a swing'Particularly Good for Families
Boating Icon is a boatBoating   Picnic Area Icon is a picnic tablePicnic
Camping icon is a tentCamping   Swimming Icon is a person swimmingSwimming
Fishing Icon is a fish biting a hookFishing   Wildlife Viewing Icon is a pair of binocularsWildlife Viewing
close