My Favorite Redwood Grove: An Ancient North Coast Forest Where Time Stands Still

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Max Forster

My favorite redwood grove is along Cathedral Trees Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It’s one of the most beautiful hikes that’s also very accessible. Exit Highway 101 on Newton Drury Parkway and park at the lot just past the State Park visitor center.

The 2,000-year-old redwoods are definitely worth the trip. If you get there on a breezy day, you can hear the movement of the trees as they sway in the wind.

When our president Sam Hodder first started at the League, we went on our first hike together there. This is the type of place where time stands still, so we lost track of it. Finally, we realized we were going to be late to our meeting with California State Parks, so we had to sprint to the visitor center. No offense to our great partners CSP, but it’s easy to forget about meetings when you’re in a grove like that. Had we been late, I think they would have understood.

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About the author

Anthony serves as the League's Land Stewardship Manager and is responsible for the management and monitoring of all League-held fee properties and conservation easements.

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