Soaring more than 350 feet high, the coastal redwoods that give this park its name are miracles of efficiency—some have survived hundreds of years, a few more than two millennia. These massive trees glean nutrients from the rich alluvial flats at their feet and from the moisture and nitrogen trapped in their uneven canopy. Their huge, thick-bark trunks can hold thousands of gallons of water, reservoirs that have helped them withstand centuries of firestorms.
- Giant trees These mature coastal redwoods are the tallest trees in the world.
- Hiking to the sea The park's trails wind through majestic redwood groves, and many connect to the Coastal Trail, which runs along the western edge of the park.
- Rare wildlife Mighty Roosevelt elk favor the park's flat prairie and open lands; seldom-seen black bears roam the backcountry; trout and salmon leap through streams; and Pacific gray whales swim along the coast during their spring and fall migrations.
- Stepping back in time Hike mossy and mysterious Fern Canyon Trail and explore a prehistoric scene of lush vegetation and giant ferns—a memorable scene in Jurassic Park 2 was shot here.
- Cheeps, not beeps Amid the majestic redwoods you're out of cell-phone range but well within range of warbling songbirds and burbling creeks.