GRIZZLY CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK
The redwoods in the Grizzly Creek area were what inspired Owen R. Cheatham, founder of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, to preserve this site in perpetuity.
The Cheatham Grove is an exceptional stand of coast redwoods. The park is a quiet place to camp, hike, fish, swim and picnic. The Van Duzen River flows beside the campground.
30 campsites, canoe and kayaking, fishing & swimming in Van Duzen River, group camp &/or picnic area, 4.5 miles of hiking trails, horse shoe pit, environmental camp, visitor center with exhibits and bookstore.
Although Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park covers only a few acres, it is large enough to provide a sense of seclusion, and it receives so few visitors that on a weekday it is possible to be the only person in one of its groves of coast redwoods.
Inland/coastal/temperate. Summer 70-80. Winter 40-50. Dress for rain Nov.-May with up to 65" annually.
Adjacent visitor attractions
Victorian village of Ferndale and Ft. Humboldt to the north. Humboldt Redwoods SP with Avenue of the Giants to the south, Ruth Lake to the east.
Located in California, the park was established in 1943. It spans over 430 acres and is home to ancient redwood trees. The land was donated by Owen R Cheatham, founder of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He intended for it to be a living memorial to his family's love for these towering giants.
The area has been used as filming locations due its scenic beauty; notably "Return of Jedi" from Star Wars series filmed scenes here.
Despite threats like logging activities or budget cuts threatening closure, the park remains open today offering camping and hiking opportunities among majestic Redwoods.