Redwood Fast Facts

  • Redwood National Park covers a total area of 131,983 acres
  • The number of people visiting Redwood in 2017 was 445,000 *
  • Redwood was made a national park on October 2, 1968
  • The lowest elevation found in Redwood is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Redwood is 3,170 feet on Coyote Peak
  • There is no entrance fee for Redwood National Park, but the California State Park areas have various fees
  • Redwood National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Redwood National Park in June 2009
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Redwood Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Redwood

  • In 1923 California created Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, in 1925 Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and in 1929 Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill creating Redwood National Park. In 1994 the National Park Service and the California State Park System agreed to administer the parks jointly, creating the unique (and confusing) mix of state and federal lands that make up Redwood National & State Parks.
  • The trees are the main draw of the park, namely the coast redwood. However, sitka spruce are the shields of the big trees, lining the coast and blocking the salt spray. Douglas fir blend with the coast redwoods just inland. The redwoods depend on the coastal fogs for moisture in the dry season, so they are limited to a narrow band of land.
  • While the giant sequoia trees in the California Sierras are the largest trees by volume, coast redwoods are the tallest trees, with the tallest reaching nearly 380 feet.
  • 96% of the original, old-growth redwood trees were tragically logged in a very short amount of time. The national and state park land protects nearly half of what remains.
  • The average lifespan of a coast redwood is 500-700 years, though they have been known to exceed 2,000 years in age.

Where is Redwood National Park?

Redwood National and State Parks runs down a stretch of the northern California coast. Crescent City is the hub for the park’s areas and activities. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Redwood.

Headquarters and Main Visitor Center
(41.752960027356174, -124.19454118644353)

More About Redwood

We have pages on all sorts of things about Redwood National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.