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Red Wood Forest
The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), redwood old-growth forests, are located along the coast of northern California, comprising Redwood National Park, California’s Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks.
Redwood forest is home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions.
Humboldt County is a county in north California. Humboldt County, comprising the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, is located on the far North Coast 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Leggett (formerly known as Leggett Valley), in Mendocino County, California, is located on the South Fork of the Eel River 17 milesnorthwest of Laytonville, at an elevation of 984 feet. It is home to some of the largest trees in the world.
The Chandelier Tree in Drive-Thru Tree Park is a 315-foot tall coast redwood tree in Leggett, California with a 6-foot wide by 6-foot-9-inch high hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through.
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County, California, 12 miles north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres of which 240 acres are old growth Coast Redwood forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The trees’ ages range from 400 to 800 years, their height up to 250 feet. Flat easy trails loop through the groves. Most of the redwoods in the Monument are between 500 and 800 years old. The oldest is at least 1,200 years old.
Ferndale, a city in Humboldt County, California, contains dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. Ferndale, the northern gateway to California’s Lost Coast and the city, is sited on the edge of a wide plain near the mouth of the Eel River, and also located near the extensive preserves of Coast Redwood forests.
Samoa is in Humboldt County, California, located 1.5 miles northwest of Eureka. Samoa is located in the northern peninsula of Humboldt Bay and is the site of the Samoa Cookhouse, one of the last remaining original, lumber style cookhouses. Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, continues the tradition of serving lots of good food – lumber camp style!
Highway 1 is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. Highway 1 runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA.