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Blueskiesbill

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Hey all,

Family will be staying here for 3 days and 4 nights.  Any insight to any great food, trails, or drives would be greatly appreciated.  When referencing trails, we have two daughters in wheelchairs, so accessible trails are a must.

In desperate need of any and all info for this area.  I have reserved a spot at the Crescent City KOA.  Not sure where the best spots are to see redwoods/pacific coast.  Are there any other RV parks you would recommend?  Which parks have the best redwoods?  Like the walk through and drive through redwoods?  Thanks
 

Oldgator73

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We were there but it was about 2000. I know we enjoyed Fern Valley. Looks like Jurassic Park. Jut do an Internet search of the area and you?ll most likely find tons of information.

https://www.inspirock.com//united-states/redwood-national-park-trip-planner?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bing_Search_Locations&msclkid=86366b881c2e1731392d37092674da68&ad_acc=ipar
 

Lou Schneider

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IMO, the best Redwoods are considerably south of Crescent City.  Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile section of the old two lane road along the Eel River and includes Humbolt Redwoods State Park.  There are numerous places to park and walk among the giant trees but the parking areas are small and best suited for your toad, not a larger RV.

Or stay at the Benbow KOA at the south end of the Avenue.  As a piece of trivia it was built by Trailer Life magazine founder Art Rouse as a prototype for a national chain of RV parks that never came to fruition.

At the north end, the town of Scotia is a former logging mill and company town that's now open to the public.  All of the buildings are made out of redwood lumber and they have a nice museum and shops..

https://www.visitredwoods.com/listing/tour-the-avenue-of-the-giants/486/
 

Blueskiesbill

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Oldgator73 said:
We were there but it was about 2000. I know we enjoyed Fern Valley. Looks like Jurassic Park. Jut do an Internet search of the area and you?ll most likely find tons of information.

https://www.inspirock.com//united-states/redwood-national-park-trip-planner?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bing_Search_Locations&msclkid=86366b881c2e1731392d37092674da68&ad_acc=ipar

Thanks for your reply!  Is this area in northern central or southern California?  Does this section you speak of have the walk through/drive through redwoods?
 

Blueskiesbill

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Lou Schneider said:
IMO, the best Redwoods are considerably south of Crescent City.  Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile section of the old two lane road along the Eel River and includes Humbolt Redwoods State Park.  There are numerous places to park and walk among the giant trees but the parking areas are small and best suited for your toad, not a larger RV.  The Benbow KOA is a good base to explore this area, as a piece of trivia it was built by Trailer Life magazine founder Art Rouse as a prototype for a national chain of RV parks that never came to fruition.

At the north end, the town of Scotia is a former logging mill and company town that's now open to the public.  All of the buildings are made out of redwood lumber and they have a nice museum and shops..

https://www.visitredwoods.com/listing/tour-the-avenue-of-the-giants/486/

Thanks for your reply!  After reserving the Crescent City KOA I became concerned that it wasn't close enough to redwoods for day trips in our van.  Do you know is this location close to the walk through/drive through redwoods?  Is this town you're referring to wheelchair friendly?
 

Lou Schneider

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Scotia is flat and wheelchair accessible.  There are three drive through Redwood trees, a newish one in Klamath near Crescent City,  the other two along Avenue of the Giants to the south.  Meyers has both a drive through and a drive-on tree, where you can drive your car lengthwise along a fallen Redwood tree.

Humbolt and Richardson Grove State Parks are in the heart of the Redwoods, they have non-hookup campgrounds and advance reservations at the State site are a must.

Benbow KOA is at the south end of the Avenue of the Giants between it and Richardson Grove SP.  It's in a sunnier, more open area.

https://www.visitredwoods.com/listing/drive-through-a-redwood/661/

Across the bridge just west of Eureka is the Samoa Cookhouse, a former lumber camp cookhouse dating back to the 1890s logging days.  Today it's a family style restaurant.

http://www.samoacookhouse.net
 

Blueskiesbill

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Whats your thoughts on the emerald rv and cabin?  I remember looking into that place.

And I truly appreciate your wealth of knowledge and please feel free to share anything else you (or anyone else) has!
 

RRR

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Wife and I checked out https://giantredwoodsrv.com/ this fall as we may take grandsons there this summer. Managers were extremely nice. Talked to them for 15 minuets or so. Park was well taken care of with decent sites. It is only a short drive to the Humbolt Park and Visitor Center with great museum.

This place was also on the short list. http://redcrestresort.com/  We were running short on time so I didn't stop and Giant Redwoods has fishing access and the boys can spend all day doing that.

All along the the Ave.of the Giants there is pullouts and most have broad trails that may be suitable for wheelchairs. Stop at the visitors center and ask them I'm sure they can give you information. 

This might help in you search. Enjoy.  http://avenueofthegiants.net
 

Blueskiesbill

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RRR said:
Wife and I checked out https://giantredwoodsrv.com/ this fall as we may take grandsons there this summer. Managers were extremely nice. Talked to them for 15 minuets or so. Park was well taken care of with decent sites. It is only a short drive to the Humbolt Park and Visitor Center with great museum.

This place was also on the short list. http://redcrestresort.com/  We were running short on time so I didn't stop and Giant Redwoods has fishing access and the boys can spend all day doing that.

All along the the Ave.of the Giants there is pullouts and most have broad trails that may be suitable for wheelchairs. Stop at the visitors center and ask them I'm sure they can give you information. 

This might help in you search. Enjoy.  http://avenueofthegiants.net

Awesome!  Thank you for all the insights!
 
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