Marked by steep canyons and dense woods north of Klamath, half the 6400 acres of this park are virgin redwood forest, crisscrossed by 15 miles of hiking trails, some of which pass by branches of Mill Creek (bring your fishing rod). The park also fronts 8 miles of rugged coastline.
Hwy 1 winds in from the coast at dramatic Wilson Beach, and traverses the dense forest, with groves stretching as far as you can see. Picnic on the sand at False Klamath Cove. Heading north, tall trees cling precipitously to canyon walls that drop to the rocky, timber-strewn coastline. Unfortunately, it is impossible to hike to the water, as of April 2017, the trail bridge located 1.75 miles in from the parking lot on Damnation Creek Trail was closed until further notice.
Crescent Beach Overlook and picnic area has superb wintertime whale-watching. At the park’s north end, watch the surf pound at Crescent Beach, just south of Crescent City via Enderts Beach Rd.
Pick up maps and inquire about guided walks at the Redwood National & State Parks Headquarters in Crescent City or the Thomas H Kuchel Visitor Center in Orick. Mill Creek Campground has hot showers and 145 sites in a redwood grove, 2 miles east of Hwy 101 and 7 miles south of Crescent City. Sites one to 74 are woodsier; sites 75 to 145 sunnier. Hike-in sites are prettiest.
Note that the easiest access to the park is via Mill Creek Rd, past the campsite, 7 miles south of Crescent City.