Description - Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park was established in 1929 and comprises 6,400-acres with approximately 50% old growth coast redwood and 8 miles of wild coastline. The park is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Preserve.
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Trees of Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
- The mixed understory includes tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species. The campground development is located in an area that was logged in the 1920's. Vegetation is predominately red alder which will eventually give way to fir and second growth redwood .
Wildlife is present in all areas. Salmon and steelhead spawn in Mill Creek. Bobcat, coyote, bear, deer, squirrels and chipmunks are most frequently seen. Varied thrush, Steller's jays, hawks, great blue heron and dippers are common birds.
The topography is fairly steep with elevations from sea level to 1277'. The predominant mountain range is oriented in a north-south direction with steep cliffs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, making the bulk of the rocky sea coast generally inaccessible except by Damnation Trail and Footsteps Rock trail. Approximately 1/2 mile of sandy beach is known as Wilson Beach or False Klamath Cove. This beach is unsafe for swimming due to steep beach slope, rocky conditions and frequent rough seas and cold water. Wilson Beach provides excellent tidepool opportunities at low tide.
Recreation - The park provides 10 miles of hiking trails, beach and water access, and camping opportunities.
Mill Creek Campground offers 145 campsites that can accommodate motor homes up to 31 feet and trailers to 27 feet. Some walk-in sites are available for tent campers. The campground is open year round.
Climate - Summers are generally mild with temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally wet and cool with temperatures varying from 30 to 55 degrees. Visitors should wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Travel seven miles south of Crescent City and then turn east on the Mill Creek Campground road.