California is famous for its giant Coastal redwoods. No wonder: it’s one of the last places on earth you’ll find them. And the city of Fort Bragg, California is one of the best places to build your redwoods adventure.
At one time, redwoods thrived worldwide, but now are found only in Northern California and Southern Oregon (Coastal Redwood), the Sierra Nevada mountains (Giant Sequoia) and in a remote valley in China (Dawn Redwood). Note: Dawn redwoods were thought to be extinct, but were rediscovered in a remote area of China and brought to the US and propagated, including at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
Because of their majestic nature, virtually every aspect of redwoods, including their size, age and habitat have been described in travel guides, newspapers and websites.
See Redwoods the Fort Bragg Way
Among Northern California redwood destinations, Fort Bragg, California offers more ways to see California redwoods than anywhere. Whether you want a quiet stroll through towering trees or an adrenaline-charged adventure, there is a way for everyone to experience these majestic trees:
•On foot: In addition to trails in nearby state parks (Jug Handle, Van Damme, and Montgomery Woods), a local Fort Bragg walking group offers 11 trails to explore and the city has its own small redwood park, Otis Johnson, for quiet walks.
•On horseback: Saddle-up at Ricochet Ranch to explore deserted ocean beaches, ride coastal bluffs above crashing waves, and meander on mossy trails through the magnificent Northern California redwood forest.
•By train: Climb aboard the historic Skunk Train and chug through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, following the coastal “Redwood Route” as the train has since 1885.
•Paddling a kayak: From solo rentals to guided group tours, Liquid Fusion Kayaking introduces you to this special way of experiencing coastal redwood country. If you like kayaks and trains, consider the “Tracks to Kayaks” adventure combining an outbound trip on the Skunk Train with a leisurely 2.5 mile kayak paddle on the Noyo River Estuary back to Fort Bragg.
•By motorcycle: With winding roads along the coast, over rivers and through the redwoods, the Fort Bragg area is a paradise for those who love to ride. To arrange a tour, call Fort Bragg’s own Twisted Tours.
Getting There Is Part Of The Fun: Highway 128 to Fort Bragg
There’s something to be said about the idea that “it’s the journey, not the destination.” In the case of your redwood adventure, we’d like to suggest that it’s the journey and your destination. Find out why Highway 128 is one of the best gateways to the California redwoods.
For History Buffs: Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Frolic Shipwreck And More
Redwoods have played an important role in California history, most notably in the re-building of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Some of the local elements of this history include lighthouses, shipwrecks, railroads and boomtowns. There was even a whaling industry in the area.
Fort Bragg and Beyond – A Destination within a Destination
Once you’re here, don’t forget to check out Fort Bragg’s other great attractions, including the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, and more.