(First in a ??-part series about visiting Redwood National Park in northern California.)
The first thing you need to know about Redwood National Park is that it's not really just one park, per se. It covers 133,000 acres and includes several California State Parks. What's even more amazing is that the redwoods used to take up more than 2 million acres of the California coast. Today, less than 5 percent of those trees remain. What's left will take your breath away.
To get to the first part of the redwoods that we decided to explore, we traveled on the ranger-recommended Howland Hill Road and into the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park east of Crescent City. It's an unpaved, narrow road that leads into the forest, and it was foggy as we entered -- which only added to the enchantment.
|Entering Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park via Howland Hill Road|
|The combination of fog + sunlight was magical.|
|I was in awe. Photos cannot capture the size and magnificence of these giants.|