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The redwood trees are majestic. To stand deep in a dark redwood forest surrounded by these giant trees is a unique experience. Redwood trees grow to be 370 feet tall (the tallest living thing in the world) and can be 22 feet in diameter. The bark layer can be 12 inches thick. Most intriguing of all they live up to 2000 years old.
Redwood trees used to cover all of North America in the age of the dinosaur. Now Redwood trees only grow in the coastal region of southern Oregon and northern California because of the foggy conditions that prevail here. The fog provides moisture and cooling temperatures that these trees like. Only about 4% of the old growth trees remain.
It turns out that some of the best Redwood groves are not in the National Park. We loved the trees in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, at and south of Crescent City. Also there is the Avenue of the Giants near Humboldt Redwood State Park south of Eureka. In the national park, near Orick you can hike in a grove with some of the tallest trees. Herds of Roosevelt elk also roam the area.