What is it? Likely the most stunning old-growth redwood forest in California.
Why go? With roughly seven percent of the old-growth redwoods in the world, this densely forested preserve hides one of the least disturbed redwood forests in the state. The majority of the park is left in its primeval state—a handful of roads and trails cover just a fraction of its expanse—yet don’t miss the .6-mile loop trail through Stout Grove, a serene, awe-inspiring patch of immense redwoods rising above a lush carpet of ferns. Getting there via the scenic Howland Hill Road is half the fun.