A group of visitors walk along a paved footpath through a redwood forest.

10 amazing coast redwood parks for people with disabilities


Part of the allure of coast redwood parks lies in their untamed nature. While some parks are remote, others are close to cities, but feel far removed from urban life and its amenities. You may think that the forests’ wild …

Mariposa Grove. Photo by jenkinson2455, Flickr Creative Commons

4 great giant sequoia parks for disabled hikers


With towering trees and fresh, oxygen-rich air, groves of giant sequoias, also known as Sierra redwoods, have the power to inspire and enhance the well-being of all people. That’s why it’s so important to strive for easy access to these …

Three people stand at the base of a giant redwood

Escape crowds at these 6 enthralling, lesser-known redwood parks

on has long showcased more than 100 national, state, and local redwood parks in California as well as a few in Oregon. To help narrow your choices as summer approaches, consider these favorite, off-the-beaten-track parks as chosen by Save the …

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Video: Biking the San Vicente Redwoods with World Champion Kate Courtney


We invited World Champion and Olympic mountain biker Kate Courtney to ride the trails of San Vicente Redwoods to demonstrate the relationship between conservation and recreation. Late last year, a new network of trails opened to the public at San …

Young trees grow in a pot in the foreground. Other potted trees are in the background.

How wildfire changes the world underground


When a wildfire burns through a forest, it can leave behind a charred and seemingly lifeless landscape. But before long, seedlings sprout in the burned, black soil—the promise of a renewed forest. What kind of forest will it be? Which …

Lupine is a wildflower found in redwood forests. Photo by Max Forster.

Wildflowers of the redwood forests


If it’s spring, it’s wildflower season. Wildflower season is one of the best times to experiences California’s great outdoors.

A dense stand of redwoods and ferns covering the forest floor. A person stands in the midground.

10 amazing redwoods photos for Earth Day


The 53rd Earth Day is coming up on April 22, with its worldwide demonstrations of support for environmental protection and celebrations of our planet’s natural wonders. Among these wonders are the magnificent coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Enjoy some …

Adults plant a tree as dozens of schoolchildren watch in 1908.

Happy Arbor Day. What is it?


Ask the average person to define Arbor Day, and a likely response is, “It’s something to do with trees.” While Arbor Day isn’t the most popular holiday in America, it’s been celebrated in the nation since April 10, 1872, when …

A closeup of the front half of a mottled brown salamander

Protecting a sensitive salamander


Near the jade waters of the Smith River in Redwood National and State Parks is the habitat of a small amphibian species that may depend on redwood forests as its environment changes. The southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus) seeks clear, …

Three people walking through a forest of giant redwoods on a trail lined with tall ferns.

7 awesome backpacking trips in the redwoods


Day hikes are one way to experience the awe of California’s coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, but there’s nothing like the immersive experience of backpacking in these places. Carrying everything you’ll need allows you to reach parts of the …

Two people stand beside a redwood shaped like a candelabra

10 of the strangest trees in the redwoods


A redwood forest typically includes tree after towering, straight tree, an expanse of magnificent columnar trunks reaching skyward. But there are odd redwoods out there. Here are some brow-raising examples.

Snow lies around red flowers will broad, mottled leaves.

8 early blooms herald spring’s approach


Spring doesn’t start until March 20, but that doesn’t stop the blooms in the coast redwood forests, even in the recent, unusual snow. Look out for these beauties, blooming now and in the coming months. Western trillium Milkmaid Redwood sorrel …

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