Heading north on Hwy 101 from Mendocino into Humboldt County, your first encounter with old-growth redwoods will be at Richardson Grove State Park. Established in 1922 and named after California’s 25th governor, Friend W. Richardson, this beautiful park is not only a popular family camping spot, but also a wonderful place to learn about the coastal redwood forests.
There is a walk-through tree, as well as the ninth tallest redwood known and a fallen tree ring study that was conducted in 1933. The park, which is bisected by the Eel River, also contains 9 miles of hiking trails that will take you past towering trees, thriving wildlife, and along the South Fork of the Eel River. Along the banks of the river are excellent sites for fishing for salmon and steelhead in the winter, or swimming in the summer. There is a delightful picnic grove with ample parking. If you’d like to spend more than one day in the park, you’ll find 159 campsites where you can pitch a tent or park your motor home. Several cabins are available for rent. The Visitor Center and Nature Store are located in the historic 1930s-era Richardson Grove Lodge. See exhibits and get more information on summer nature programs such as evening campfires, Junior Rangers and guided nature walks.
Where: On Hwy 101, 7 miles north of Garberville and only 2 miles south of Benbow Lake. There is a day use fee per car, and reservations are recommended for camping during the summer season. (google)
More Info: 707-247-3318 | Parks.CA.gov