The 100 Places You Need to Visit: Redwood National Forest

Posted on August 27, 2012


Our planet is filled with natural splendor and man-made marvels.  As the leading publisher of maps of every area in the US and worldwide, we at MarketMAPS want to celebrate our world.  Today, we begin our series of the 100 places you need to visit.  Let’s start with a national forest that houses some of the tallest, oldest trees in the world: Redwood National Forest


Redwood National Forest and State Parks are located in the USA, along California’s northern coast, in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  The Redwoods and their surrounding state parks comprise about 133,000 acres.  The parks protect about 45% of the remaining coast redwoods.

Back in 1850, the old-growth redwoods covered about 2 million acres of California’s coast, attracting lumbermen and gold miners.  The redwoods were harvested to help build developing cities along the west coast, including San Francisco.  After decades of uninterrupted logging, serious efforts were made to conserve the remaining forests.  In 1968, the RedwoodNational Forest and State Parks were established.  By that time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.

The Redwoods offer a unique ecosystem that is home to many rare species, including Steller’s Sea Lions, Brown Pelicans, and Northern Spotted Owls.  The boundaries of the parks extend to California’s northern coastline, which is one of the most seismically active coastlines in the US.  Earthquakes frequently cause new river channels to form, and seaside cliffs to disappear into the ocean.

With an abundance of scenic coastline, beautiful fauna, and breathtaking natural elegance, RedwoodNational Forest is a must-see stop on any California road trip.  If you’re planning a trip to the Redwoods, or want to decorate your home with a map of the Redwoods, consult MarketMAPS.  We offer wall maps, map books, and digital maps of any area in the US and worldwide.

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