Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of the
Redwood National and State Parks
Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, California
This is one of the smaller regions I use to geographically organize this website - I could easily have lumped it in with the rest of the north coast and the Redwood Highway. But I love it too much, it is very special to me. I went there first, alone, when I was seventeen, to experience the newly created park, and was lucky to survive the adventure. I have returned almost every year since, fifty years and counting.
Here we have the world's tallest forests, herds of stately elk, and a wild coastline. Its green temples have been ravaged by ruthless clear-cutting, but it still retains a nucleus of the finest forests. The story of how this was accomplished, the creation of the redwood state parks and much later the Redwood National Park, is disturbing and inspiring. The regrowth of the forest and the healing of the landscape, though slow, is heartening.
The true heart of the region is the trio of state parks created largely through private donations to the Save the Redwoods League - Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Del Norte Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods. The national park served to tie together these already-saved gems, and added to them the last great remaining forest, on Redwood Creek, and a continuous coastal strip.