Mighty Redwood trees grow from the Northern California Coastal Region of Big Sur up to the Oregon border. However, only along California’s Redwood Coast, not far from our Victorian Village of Ferndale, do these magnificent trees achieve their majestic primeval glory. Here, untouched groves will amaze you. Take a memorable trip to the Northern California Redwoods and discover why they are much more than the world’s tallest trees. California’s Redwood Forests on our northern coast are truly nature’s cathedrals. As you pass between the lofty green pillars, sunlight filters through the canopy creating a natural wonder.
A short-day trip to the California Redwood Forest and a relaxing stay at Redwood Suites in Ferndale makes for a vacation of scenic beauty.
Coastal Redwoods and Lost Coast
A Redwood Cone starts out the size of an olive. Each cone contains between 60 and 120 seeds. One tree alone may produce up to 10 million seeds but only a few will reach maturity. It takes just the right spot for the seed to settle so it may grow into a tree. Resistance to natural enemies such as insects and fire are built-in features of a Coast Redwood. Diseases are virtually unknown and insect damage insignificant thanks to the high tannin content of the wood. Thick bark and foliage that rests high above the ground provides protection from all but the hottest fires. Some of these amazing beauties will live more than 2000 years!
With heights at 350+ feet (imagine a 35-story skyscraper) the splendor of the Mighty Redwoods is awe-inspiring. Imagine standing beside the tallest living thing on the planet. Amazing!
A variety of moss, huckleberry bushes and ferns carpet the forest ground. Stroll through Fern Canyon and you just may spy a grazing Roosevelt Elk enjoying his afternoon. Used in the filming of Jurassic Park, this fern-lined canyon has miles of well-groomed trails.
Temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees year-round along the Redwood Coastline. Summers are mild with warmer temperatures inland. Winters are cool with considerable precipitation. Always pack your rain gear and good walking shoes for the rain forest, it can be slippery.
Awesome Avenue of the Giants Scenic Drive
Just 20 miles south of Redwood Suites Lodging is the world-famous scenic drive, Avenue of the Giants. This 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, which parallels the current Highway 101, offers 51,222 acres of majestic Redwood Groves. In all of the 500-mile Redwood Belt, this is by far the most outstanding display of these immense trees. Avenue of the Giants is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way. Surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this drive boasts the largest remaining stand of old growth redwoods in the world. Take time to picnic, hike, stroll, swim, fish or bike ride in the lush surroundings of the Redwood Forest located just a few miles from Redwoods Lodging at the Redwood Suites Inn.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013
This was our first time to the state of California. Our trip included driving the coast, seeing the redwood trees and ending with San Francisco. Best by far was Ferndale and booking two nights at Redwood Suites. The owners and the gentleman who checked us in were very welcoming. Sweet town reminded me of home. The breakfast at the Victorian Inn was a great start for the day plus they offered a buy one, get one free for staying at the Redwood Suites. Oh, almost forgot on arrival we were upgraded to a small apartment. For the money this was the best deal for our 12 days in California. My rating is a definite 5 star.
Connie D, Sorrento, Florida