The Border Coast
Del Norte County is an incredible destination for outdoor adventures. Set against the dramatic Pacific Coastline it truly is where the “Redwoods Meet the Sea.” Del Norte county boasts several National and State parks including Redwood National and State Parks, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Smith River National Recreation Area, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Visitors to the area can hike, fish, kayak and camp in these amazing and well preserved national treasures.
Redwood National and State Parks
There is nothing like standing at the base of a coast redwood and feeling it tower over you. Gaze at the bronze Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairies. At the river view the tail of a female chinook salmon heave skyward as she makes a nest for her eggs. A haven for migrating and local birds, this is an excellent place to stop and check a few off your list. Explore this majestic place and learn more about our Redwood National and State Parks in Del Norte County.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Enjoy roughly 20 miles of hiking and nature trails plus river access. The visitor center is a great place to start your exploration or do a bit of shopping. The Smith River is the last major free flowing river in the state of California. Enjoy the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek offers hiking, camping, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood which was set aside in the early 1920’s by the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League. This park, along with Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service’s Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
More Things To Do
Crescent City Harbor
Spend a day at the beautiful Crescent City Harbor! You will find a fleet of commercial fishing vessels and places to purchase fresh fish! Discover ocean view restaurants along the way after being entertained by the local harbor seals and sea lions. If you desire, charter a boat and head out on the water with a local expert.
Del Norte County is an amazing hotspot full of fantastic bird-watching vantage points. A wonderfully diverse collection of habitats includes redwood forests, dramatic shoreline, coastal lagoons, sand dunes, hidden ponds and wild rivers. The county is home to over 422 species of migrating and local birds. Enjoy birding on the California Redwoods Birding Trail and find out what all the fuss is about!
Battery Point Lighthouse is a beloved Crescent City icon. The lighthouse and the island have inspired a few ghost stories and legends in addition to countless photographers and artists drawn by her beauty. The lighthouse is open to visitors.
The St. George Reef Lighthouse has a darker and more dramatic history behind her. This lighthouse is the result of the sinking of the coastal steamer Brother Jonathan, which sank on St. George Reef in July, 1865, with the loss of over 150 lives. It is set 6 miles out at sea. Helicopter tours are available of both lighthouses. Learn more about Del Norte County lighthouses.
Tour Thru Tree
The immense size of Del Norte County redwood trees is evident at the Tour Thru Tree in Klamath. Vehicles can drive right through the center of a hollowed-out giant. Watch the video!
Water Play: Kayaking and Rafting
If you love the water you will love Del Norte County! The rivers offer paddlers a wide variety of runs. The sparkling waters of the Smith River provide all kinds of options.
Water Play: Fishing
These rivers hold the most spectacular fishing stories of record-breaking chinook salmon and steelhead trout. The California Pacific coastline and other hot fishing spots such as Damnation Creek, Hidden Beach, and Freshwater Lagoon are found in Del Norte County and its Redwood National and State Parks. Check out more about Del Norte Fishing.