Located on the lower reaches of the Navarro River, this state park is along HWY 128 as it hits the Mendocino Coastline. Navarro River R... more »edwood SP is a magnificent sight and is an ideal place to stop and take a break from driving. The park is a narrow strip between the road and the Navarro River, and serves as a buffer between river habitat, the highway, and privately held lands on either side of the river.
The park has no official trails; rather, most of the park is adjacent to the highway and can be reached via turnouts along the roadside where one can frequently find trails through the redwood groves down to the river. The turnouts come fast as you travel down the highway through the 11 mile long Redwood Tunnel so be ready for some fast stops. Keep in mind that the trails tend to be very short, through named groves honoring locals supporting these woods, and allow for fishing and swimming access to the Navarro. Some of the trails lead to some great canoe and kayak put-ins, and most will bring you to beautiful picnic spots.
The beach on this visit is perfect for anyone who enjoys building sculptures, forts, or anything you can make out of driftwood. Plan on spending quite a bit of time playing here.
There are two developed campgrounds in the park. The Navarro Beach Campground is on the beach to the south of the river mouth and has ten campsites, picnic tables, fire grills, and pit toilets, though there is no shade, wind protection, or drinking water. The Paul M. Dimmick Campground is well inland and located in a second-growth redwood grove next to the river. There are 25 campsites with picnic tables, fire grills, pit toilets, and supplied drinking water. Call the rangers ahead as it tends to flood during the winter months.
The second-growth redwoods stretch most of the 11-mile length of the park. They are home to raccoons, black-tail deer, and river-oriented birds such as the belted kingfisher.