Redwood National Park

Redwood Fast Facts

How big is Redwood National Park?

Redwood covers a total area of 131,983 acres or 206 square miles.

How many people visit Redwood National Park?

435,879 people visited Redwood in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Redwood Visitation Stats.

When was Redwood National Park created?

Redwood was made a national park on October 2, 1968.

What are the highest and lowest elevations in Redwood National Park?

Redwood’s lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Redwood is 3,170 feet on Coyote Peak.

What time zone is Redwood National Park located in?

Redwood is in the Pacific Time Zone.

How much does it cost to enter Redwood National Park?

There is no entrance fee for Redwood National Park, but the California State Park areas have various day-use fees.

Five Random Facts About Redwood

one The average lifespan of a coast redwood is 500-700 years, though they have been known to exceed 2,000 years in age.

two 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.

three 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.

four 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.

five 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.

Where is Redwood National Park?

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