Richardson Grove State Park, Garberville

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#6 of 10 in Nature in Humboldt County
Richardson Grove State Park is located at the southernmost border of Humboldt County, 75mi south of Eureka, California, United States, and 200mi north of San Francisco. The year-round park, which has approximately 2000acre, straddles US 101, causing the narrowest point of its entire distance. Said to have the 9th largest tree of all remaining Coast Redwoods, it is known for swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River and day use in addition to 159 campsites.The park is named after Friend Richardson, the 25th Governor of California between 1923 to 1927.Current issue: road widening for commerce vs. preservationThe first road through Richardson Grove, eventually to become US Route 101, was constructed in approximately 1915 and first surfaced, most likely with gravel and oil, in 1927. A proposed project to adjust the alignment of Route 101 both inside and outside park boundaries to accommodate industry standard-sized trucks in compliance with the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) has been in development by Cal Trans (Caltrans). STAA-compliant vehicles are currently prohibited north of Leggett, California on Route 101 through Richardson Grove State Park. The feasibility of constructing a four-lane bypass of Richardson Grove State Park was analyzed in 2001, but deemed infeasible.
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  • If you're looking for a simple day trip or a weekend getaway, Richardson grove State Park is awesome. During the early summer months the river provides plenty of recreation, there are hiking trails ne...  more »
  • Driving south out of Crescent City California along Highway 101 the drive through the Redwoods is both stunning and serene. The mammoth Redwood trees line the Highway. The canopy above is so dense at ...  more »
  • In the state park, which is staffed by very helpful Rangers, there are lots of choices to wander through the woods or take a more serious hike. It is easy access off Highway 101 and so worth a stop.  more »
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  • I have been stopping here for 45 years. There is good camping, a few good walks and great day use facilities. The river is wide and full if rocks with a nice swimming hole. Overall, the park is relatively small with old growth redwoods that are impressive. For me it is a meditation just to walk among the trees surrounding the visitor center. There are educational signs along the interpretive trails. The visitor center is a nice former lodge with exhibits that the kids are allowed to touch. At times they have "junior ranger" activities for them. Both of my boys have spent time there back when they were small enough to pick up and put on a fallen tree to run along it.
  • Great place to go camping. Friendly staff. The watering hole near visitor center is great to swim and raft in. Bathrooms and showers near campsite. Bring quarters for showers. Appears the bathrooms were cleaned often. Only outlet was in bathroom which people took turns to use.
  • Lovely place. Hiker biker camping. BUT a load of bud trimmers turned up late and made a hell of a noise for hours, which echoed loud in the woods, and ravaged my sleep. No park staff to get them to shut up. Thanks fellas.
  • Great for overnight camping, or even just a stroll in the redwoods. There is a short but lovely interpretive trail and a visitor center.
  • Love this place. Started in a stroller and now come on a Harley.

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