Three Things to do Near or Inside Redwoods National and State Parks (pt.1)

While a National Park sounds like fun, many people don’t know what to do besides camping. While camping is a great experience, it doesn’t have to stop there. Thankfully, there are plenty things to do in northern California, where the Redwoods National and State Parks are located. Here are three things you can do if you visit the redwoods:

1) West Coast Game Park (Walk Thru Safari) [Outside Redwoods National Park]

Heading north, just past the Redwoods National Park is the West Coast Game Park Walk-Thru Safari. Many animals which have been on TV come here to retire. Because they are mostly docile, you can get a lot closer to them than you would in a regular zoo. In addition, they often feature baby animals which you can pet and even feed. When I went, there was a three month old black bear, a six week old lynx, and a baby white tiger named “Sultan.” Of course, that was a few years ago, so check out their website to see the current list of featured animals.

Related Articles / Useful Links on other Sites:

1) West Coast Game Park official site

2) Location of the Park (from Redwoods NP)

Related Articles / Useful Links on This Site:

1) Redwoods National and State Parks Evaluation Article

 

2) Search for “Hyperion” the Tallest Tree on Earth [Outside Redwoods National Park]

Hyperion compared to the Statue of Liberty and the Bg Ben.
Hyperion compared to the Statue of Liberty and the Bg Ben. (credit: iliketowastemytime.com)

“Hyperion” is the name given to the tallest living tree on Earth by the who discovered it, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. Because of past vandalism to other trees, its exact location is a closely guarded secret. All we know is that it is somewhere in the southern part of Redwoods National Park. It measures at about 379 ft. tall, which is taller than the Big Ben and longer than a football field. If you are the daring type, try and find it! Many hobbyists have tried and failed, but it doesn’t take away from the thrill of it all.

Related Articles / Useful Links on other Sites:

1) Interesting Trees

2) About Hyperion

Related Articles / Useful Links on This Site:

1) Redwoods National and State Parks Evaluation Article

 

3) Samoa Cookhouse [Outside Redwoods National Park]

In Samoa, California, a few miles from Eureka. It is the last cookhouse in California.

The Samoa Cookhouse is the last remaining cookhouse from the heavy logging era of northern California. In those times, lumberjacks would come in large groups to eat at cookhouses that could feed many people at a time in an orderly fashion. The Samoa Cookhouse continues the tradition by serving in a communal, family style (as opposed to individual tables which are common in today’s restaurants). The food was pretty good and in huge portions.

Related Articles / Useful Links on other Sites:

1) Location of the cookhouse

2) Wiki entry on Samoa, California

Related Articles / Useful Links on This Site:

1) Redwoods National and State Parks Evaluation Article

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Julio is a California native who has lived abroad since 2009 as an expat in South Korea and New Zealand. He is especially passionate about experiencing other cultures and visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible.
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