X2 on the size of your rig. If your small enough, you can fit in the state parks along the coast, if you have a big rig, you can "home base" at a scattering of private parks. I personally like Riverwalk RV Park in Fortuna, or Benbow near Garberville for this purpose. From Fortuna, you can explore Victorian Ferndale, the "Lost Coast" near Cape Mendicino, Grizzly Creek SP on Hwy 36, or the Redwoods NP near Redway; all 30-60 minutes away. Benbow is 10 minutes from some of the awesome forests on the southern end.
Eureka has a cool old town/downtown area. Acros the bay bridge is Samoa that has a cool family-style cookhouse. If you drive south for about 5 miles, you hit the breakwaters of Humbolt Bay. South of Rio Dell is Scotia which had an enormous redwood mill...not sure how much is still running, or if they have tours.
Coming from the north, the Trees Of Mystery is worth a stop to at least hit the gift shop and see the 50' tall Paul Bunyon and his blue ox Babe. Prairie Creek SP usually had some Roosevelt elk grazing near the visitors center, sometimes they are speed bumps in the road!!
Let us know what your hauling and what kind of camping you like!
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1993 Ford E-350 pushed by a 1988 Wilderness 24' TT
Looks like about a 21 foot van. You will be able to get into all the park sideroads. There are not too many.
Coming out of OR, you will pass through some nice Redwood groves. Several small turn outs along first stretch.
There is a good visitors center in Crescent City just west of US 101 that you should visit for specifics.
If I recall properly, Redwood National Park is partially managed by the Feds and the state. Part of it is near Jedediah state park, del Norte state park, and Prairie Creek state park. The original Redwood National Park entrance is located up Bald Hill Road near Orick. For clarification, Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located south of Eureka.
If you do have a 21 foot RV try Hidden Springs N/O Meyer's Flat in NP. Up the road is the visitors center for St Pk. There is access to Eel Rive nearby and our 9 and 11 year old grandkids swam across the river. It's veryslow and kinda cool but the kids love it. When we were there it was mostly locals swimming and we (DW) talked to a few Moms and Aunties and they were really helpful pointing out places the kids would like. Many local Native American folks swimming there. I don't like like that term, I like Canada's term First Nations People, kind of gives honor to the fact they were here first. There are several campgrounds along the Avenue of the Giants and lots of places to explore. Also it is "Cool and Green and Shady" to use the title of a John Denver song.
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to go". R. L. Stevenson
I do not want to "steel" this posting. But I have much the same question. I have a 30 foot Travel Trailer. I like to dry camp at a base camp and use my TV to visit the National Park.
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