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Redwood National Park


Imagine a single tree which contains enough wood to build forty 5-room houses. A tree taller than the Statue of Liberty. And weighing up to 4,000 tonnes. Impressed? You should be. The California Redwood, also known as the coast redwood, isn't a tree to be sneezed at. The largest tree in the world- and the tallest (and oldest) living thing on earth- the redwood grows to a height of up to 107 mt, and can have a circumference of 29 mt near its base. Little wonder then that native American Indians revered these trees and believed them to be the home of powerful spirits. There are very few places on earth where you can still see the coniferous redwood in all its glory; its bark red with tannin, its branches cloaked with needle-like leaves. And one of those places is California's Redwood National Park, a stretch of pure redwood stands, interspersed with grasslands and oak woods which harbour a wealth of animal life. The park, which stretches along California's north west Pacific Coast, is crisscrossed by several rivers. Adjacent to it are three California State parks- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park- all of which together make up one of the most awesome forests in the world. Redwood National Park is best seen on a hike along the coast, where, besides the splendid trees, you will probably also get a glimpse of the local wildlife- elk, black bear, mountain lion, and a range of smaller mammals and birds.

Best time to visit

Redwood National Park is open throughout the year, and any time is a good time to visit, although summers are peak season and result in hordes of tourists. This area is temperate bordering on chilly all through- temperatures range from 4°C to about 20°C. The park is subject to a lot of fog, and precipitation is fairly uniform- as well as heavy- all through. Make sure, whenever you go visiting, to wear sufficient woollens, preferably in layers, and to carry a raincoat or umbrella.


The greatest attraction (quite literally) of the park is the `Tall Tree' , the tallest living redwood. It's more than 600 years old and was measured in 1963 to a height of 112.1 mt, although the top's broken off since then.


No entry fee is required to visit Redwood National Park, but if you're visiting the neighbouring state parks- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park- you'll have to pay a fee of US$ 5. Fishing, backpacking and hiking are allowed within the park, but will need a permit, which is free in most cases.

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