We stopped at Big Tree Wayside and found plenty of hiking trails to chose from. First, we had a picnic lunch and then started out on a stroll on the Foothill Trail through the glorious redwoods.
There must have been 15 trails or more along the parkway. Some are for avid hikers and many more for the recreational casual types.
The redwoods were 'discovered' in the 1850's and became hugely popular in the 1880's in the lumber industry. By the 1920's the big trees were being harvested at a rate that was pointing to their demise. The state of California stepped in to preserve some key groves and three state parked resulted: Prairie Creek (1923), Del Norte (1925) and Jedediah Smith (1929).
The 'old grove' was intermingled with other trees and lots of moss.
The trees decay from the inside and look like they could be used by wildlife.
Sometimes, you had to stop and look around and try to absorb some of the beauty.
After our time in the midst of these splendid redwoods, we went on over to the Prairie Creek Visitor Center before going back over to 101 and heading north again back to our campground in Crescent City. It was a great day for a drive and another look at the redwoods.
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