John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

What's This?

Banana Slug

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Looking Up

Short Hike

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Lots of Ferns

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Big Tree Wayside

Big Tree

Big Tree

Big Tree

Big Tree

Longer Hike

Longer Hike

Longer Hike

Fallen Tree

Roosevelt Elk

Paul and Babe

He's Tall

Restaurant Ceiling

Family Tree

Family Tree

Elephant Tree


I'll Fit!

I Made It

Red Wood

Trees of Mystery

Trinity Tree

Cathedral Tree

Sky Trail

Stellar Jay


The View

Ride Down

Another View

We start our morning with wildlife right outside our window. We have a Banana Slug on our tree. Banana Slugs are common here. I do not care for slugs but if you have one, it might as well be yellow.

We drive south on Route 101. We pass through Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. There is a bit of climbing. We are again in a Coastal Redwood Forest.

After passing through Klamath, we turn onto Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. The road is two-way and paved. It is a scenic alternative to Route 101. The parkway is a ten-mile drive through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We are in the heart of an old-growth redwood forest.

We make many stops. I take a short hike at one of the groves. You can feel the silence. The canopy is so high you hear nothing.

The best stop is the Big Tree Wayside. Here I take a longer hike. There is much picture taking at “Big Tree.”

The Prairie Creek Visitor Center is small and crowded. I get another stamp. They have a Banana Slug stamp!

Across the street from the Visitor Center is a Roosevelt Elk viewing area. The elk are pretty far away and most are bedded down for the day.

We take Route 101 back north. It is lunchtime so we stop at a nice café across the street from Trees of Mystery.

Trees of Mystery is a bit touristy but we are here so we go in. We hike uphill. Each of the trees is named. It is okay. We get some exercise and a gondola ride. I get my picture taken with another Paul Bunyan and Babe. Paul turns his head, waves and talks to you.

Tomorrow, we leave the coast. We travel inland and back into Oregon.

Campground: Crescent City KOA

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