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Winter Storm Watching

Winter Storm Watching

A drive along Pebble Beach Drive, with its numerous viewpoints, is one of the best areas for watching winter storms. Powerful storms pound the wild redwood coast during the winter months. South west winds known as “southerlies” can reach 50-60mph, driving ocean swells to crash as huge waves on the shore and on offshore rocks. Bundle up with weather proof gear and warm clothing; waterproof boots, hats, and gloves will provide added protection. Stay far enough back from the shore…

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South Fork Mountain Interpretive Wayside Exhibits

South Fork Mountain Interpretive Wayside Exhibits

Welcome to a panorama of outdoor adventure in the Ruth Lake area atop South Fork Mountain, the longest continuous mountain ridge in the continental US extending 47 miles. The universally accessible South Fork Mountain wayside exhibit interprets some of the Six Rivers National Forest, Mad River Ranger District recreation opportunities to choose from, location(s) to get recreation information, what an ecosystem is, what ecosystem management is, why the Lassics are unique geological features and appreciation for the sweeping, open views…

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Smith River Scenic Byway

Smith River Scenic Byway

This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway is highlighted by white-water rapids on the Smith River, redwoods, rhododendrons, ferns and diverse geological land forms and ecosystems. Smith River Scenic Byway begins, appropriately enough, in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. This park, along with neighboring Redwoods National Park and Del Norte State Park, accounts for almost half of the state’s remaining old growth forests. Along with the thirty-five story tall redwoods, a variety of other conifers flourish in these parks, a…

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Scenic Highway 20 along Clear Lake

Scenic Highway 20 along Clear Lake

Highway 20 winds along Clear Lake from Clear Lake Oaks to Nice at its north end. The 32-mile highway offers some of the best views of the lake on a windy two-lane road. It also gives a glimpse back to the days when Clear Lake was one of the most popular resort destinations in California, as evident from the constantly changing landscape. The highways takes you through coastal hills, agricultural land and evergreen forests.

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Paved road through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. No commercial vehicles permitted. Drive through old-growth redwood forest, offers access to numerous trail heads, such as Big Tree and Ah Pah. Length of Byway or Route: ten miles / sixteen kilometers Driving Directions This scenic alternate to Highway 101 begins six miles north of Orick or four miles south of Klamath. Highlights and Key Points Along the Route Access to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Elk Prairie, a favorite browsing…

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Mendocino Bay Overlook

Mendocino Bay Overlook

Mendocino Bay Overlook offers a spectacular view of the picturesque village of Mendocino from south of Big River. This view is a favorite among painters and photographers. A short trail leads to the public access easement, held by the Mendocino Land Trust, and is just over one acre in size. The Mendocino Bay Overlook hosts a dozen weddings each year, with participants lodged nearby and contributing to the local economy. Access to the Mendocino Bay Overlook is located off Road…

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Lighthouse Tour of Northern California

Lighthouse Tour of Northern California

The Lighthouse Tour of Northern California identifies the twelve lighthouses from the Oregon border to the Golden Gate and the nine lights inside San Francisco Bay. This Tour provides a brief history of each one and provides contact information to learn details. The Tour identifies lighthouse where you may lodge, those you can view, and those you can visit. You can join the Tour at any point. The attached printalble PDF files provide a map, photos and contact information for…

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Farms and Forests Heritage Corridor

Farms and Forests Heritage Corridor

The Farms and Forests Heritage Corridor forms a transect across Northern California’s ecological and agricultural regions. Visitors traveling along this route can visit historic farms and other sites, explore diverse natural landscapes and learn about Northern California’s culture and environment. Take time to envelop yourself in the rich tapestry of this land and its people. There is much to discover, to savor and to learn in every season. Length of Byway or Route: This drive can be done in a…

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Drive-Thru Tree Park

Drive-Thru Tree Park

Known world-wide, it’s the first large redwood grove located 185 miles north of San Francisco at the junction of US101 and Coast Hwy 1. A beautiful setting in 200 acres of virgin redwood forest preserved in it’s natural state for your quiet enjoyment. The Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree, still thriving, towers 315 feet into the sky with a 21 foot base diameter; it is so named for its unique limb structure. Branching out approximately 100 feet above the ground and measuring…

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Coast Highway Heritage Corridor

Coast Highway Heritage Corridor

The Coast Highway Heritage Corridor traverses spectacular seaside bluffs, winds through dense forests and provides glimpses of intimate beaches. Wildlife thrive in this diverse landscape sculpted by geologic folding, sedimentation, uplift and erosion. Stories of the past are told in the small mill towns and fishing ports threaded like precious pearls along the Pacific Coast. Length of Byway or Route: This drive can be done in one very long day, but why not spend the week exploring? Driving Directions Highway…

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