Secret Redwoods + Camping by the River

Camping at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

It’s rare to have one of Northern California’s biggest attractions all to yourself. Unless you’re in on a secret. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a little-known gem where skyscraping reds (the tallest living trees in the world!) fly under the radar. At just 1 square mile and containing only 5 miles of trails, Grizzly’s ironically small size and location off the beaten path provide near total seclusion, not to mention relaxing camping! Go on a hike through the park’s crown jewel: Cheatham Grove. Soaring redwoods carpeted in an unusually lush layer of vibrant green ferns landed it a role as the Moon of Endor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Role-play at your leisure on a 0.7-mile trail that weaves through sabers of light as they pierce down through the canopy.

CAMP: Settle in along the turquoise waters of the Van Duzen River at one of 26 rustic sites, which include picnic tables and firepits as well as showers. NOTE: Depending on the year and season, the river can run fast and cold; be sure to exercise good judgment and caution.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park info and map. From Hwy. 101, drive 11 miles east on CA-36 to reach Cheatham Grove. The campground and visitor center are 4 miles farther east. Reserve a site. Day-use and parking fee in effect, except in free small parking lot available at Cheatham Grove. Dogs allowed in campground, but not on trails.

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