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Inn of the Beachcomber Gold Beach Oregon
|This page about the redwoods and Redwoods Humboldt State Park is for the guests of the Inn of the Beachcomber and those of you that found it in cyber space. The Beachcomber is a 47 unit inn located on the beach in Gold Beach Oregon. We are 53 miles from the Redwood National Parks headquarters in Crescent City, California and all that the coastal redwoods have to offer. The Humboldt Redwoods State Park is about an hour south of Eureka. |
Redwoods Humboldt State Park andIf you aren’t from around here the first thing to know about Redwood National Park, and the other Redwood Parks, either California State Redwood Parks or Redwood National Parks, the redwoods is just as simple as it’s not one area or limited to one park. The Redwoods are an eco system that spans from southern Oregon deep into California. It is state land, federal land and private lands all in the same eco system. Redwood National Park Headquarters is in Crescent City, California which in about 52 miles from here, The Inn of the Beachcomber in Gold Beach Oregon. If you were coming from the south by the time you got to Crescent City you would have seen a whole bunch of redwoods. I’m not sure of the history of how Crescent City became the center of the redwoods when the facts show it could almost be at the end. Eureka is a larger city, has a state university and is in the middle of the national park redwood complex. There aren’t really many lodging choices in the redwood park complex. No Redwood National Park Hotels, no famous redwoods lodge like Crater Lake National Park. Eureka, California is the largest city in the complex and it has no oceanfront lodging. This makes Gold Beach with its 5 beachfront properties a logical stop-off for exploring the tallest trees in the world.
Beachfront Lodging Gold Beach
Here’s a little info from North to South
If you are coming to the Beachcomber from Grants Pass Oregon on Hwy 199 you go through Jedediah Smith State Park which is about an hours drive from Gold Beach. Like I said above, California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service cooperate in management of the Redwood National Parks and state parks.
Jedediah Smith State Park, Hwy 199 N E Crescent City
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, CA
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, South of Crescent City
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick
Here is some "scenic paved drives" info from the Redwood National Park web site:
Paved Scenic Drives
Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (15-30 minutes one way). Ten-mile (16-km) drive through old-growth redwood forest in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Along the way, look for access to numerous trailheads and spy the brawny Roosevelt elk. This scenic alternate to Highway 101 begins six miles north of Orick or four miles south of Klamath. No commercial vehicles permitted.
Enderts Beach Road (5 minutes one way). This 2-mile (3-km) route offers excellent views of the ocean, whale watching opportunities, and access to tidepools and the Coastal Trail. The turnoff is two miles (3 km) south of Crescent City along Highway 101.
Requa Road (15 minutes one way). Drive 4-miles (6-½ km) paved along the Klamath River up a steep grade to the Klamath River Overlook. Excellent whale and seabird watching. Bring your camera! Located two miles (3 km) north of the Klamath River on Highway 101.
I bought the Beachcomber in August of 2005. In August of 2004 I stayed at the Beachcomber on a long weekend and spent a day at Redwood National Park and did this drive. Not a quick drive but we all had a great time and felt we were seeing things that most of mankind hadn’t seen. Remember to take snacks and drinks.
Paved/Unpaved Scenic Road
Coastal Drive (1-2 hours one way). Mostly gravel 8-mile road offers magnificent views of the ocean and the Klamath River with its estuary. Whales, sea lions, and pelicans are often seen from overlooks. Offers access to the Coastal Trail, Flint Ridge section. From the north, take Highway 101 to Klamath Beach Road, then follow the Coastal Drive signs. From the south, travel Highway 101 to the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, and then drive nine miles to the Coastal Drive turnoff. Trailers and motor homes prohibited.
Picnic areas in the redwoods & on the beach
Cal-Barrel Road (scenic drive; motor homes and trailers prohibited.) 75 miles of hiking trails, bicycle trails, self-guided nature trail, accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations, backpackingVisitor Center with exhibits open year roundNature Store open year roundInterpretive talks & guided walks (seasonal)
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, CAHumboldt redwoods are located 184 miles south of the Inn of the Beachcomber, Gold Beach Oregon and 50 miles south of Eureka, California. The Redwoods in Humboldt State Park are 85 miles from Fort Bragg California which has pretty good choices for lodging. Humboldt redwoods are located near the Eel River. State highway 254, Avenue of the Giants runs through the park. Humboldt Redwoods Park is home to some of the world's most majestic ancient redwood groves in all the redwood park complex. The park has over 50,000 acres, and nearly 17,000 acres of old-growth coastal redwoods. Like in The Prairie Creek Redwoods in the early 1920’s Save the Redwoods League dedicated the first Memorial Grove, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling Memorial Grove, in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Today the Humboldt Redwoods are part of the diverse coast redwood ecosystem that includes Rockefeller Forest. Rockefeller Forest is the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world.
With a ton of camp sites and over 100 miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails the redwoods in Humboldt Park offer much to do. Combine the outdoors activities the scenic 32-mile Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park is clearly a must see on the redwood coast... The park is open all year and recreational activities are available weather dependent all year. Remember if you are not from around here it can rain a lot in the winter so dress accordingly.
Links to Redwood State Parks
Jedediah Smith Redwood SP www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413
Del Norte Coast Redwood SP www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=414
Humboldt Redwoods State Park www.humboldtredwoods.org
Prairie Creek Redwood SP www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415
Link to Redwood National Park