5 minute sdrive from us, the newest of the drive-thru redwoods sits atop a hill near Redwood National Park and Yurok tribal lands along the Klamath River. The craftsmen who carved the opening to the Klamath Tour Thru Tree in 1976 carefully avoided critical areas of living wood, safeguarding the health of the tree.
“I had always dreamed of driving thru a redwood tree,” said one guest. “We went through it twice, once so I could say I had done it, and the second time so I could take pictures!”
The grounds have a restroom made from a redwood, gift shop, and picnic table so you can snack and watch others join the drive-thru club. Exit off US Highway 101 just north of the Klamath River bridge.
If entrance booth closed, honor system is in place for payment. 430 CA Route 169, Klamath, Calif. 707-482-5971.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Just South of Klamath, CA
Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. It offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. Park wildlife is both abundant and varied and includes
such animals as black bear, Roosevelt elk, deer, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, skunk, fox,
squirrel, chipmunks and many others.
There are picnic areas in the redwoods and on the beach. Fern Canyon includes 75 miles of hiking trails, bicycle trails, a self-guided nature trail, accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations, and backpacking.
Klamath River RV Park attractions
The park is named after the intrepid explorer Jedidiah Strong Smith who was the first white man to explore the interior of Northern California. His journey through the coast redwood belt was part of a remarkable two-year trapping expedition which began in 1826. Smith pioneered a trail southwest from the Great Salt Lake across the Mojave Desert through the San Bernardino Mountains into California. Discovery of gold along the Sacramento and Trinity Rivers in the mid-1800’s drew many thousands to Northern California. The need for a supply route to remote mining camps initiated a spurt of exploration that motivated settlement of Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
An amazing diversity of life exists at Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the planet's most majestic forests. Here, banana slugs, gray whales, Douglas-fir, black bears, and sea anemones are equally at home with redwoods. Park staff work to maintain and restore the area's biological diversity through a wide range of resource management and educational activities. Preserving both natural processes and the region's species and genetic diversity helps ensure that countless generations can experience the beauty and complexity of an old-growth redwood forest. This is your personal classroom whose wonders wait to be explored!
Tour Thru Tree
1.5 miles away
California Redwoods National Park
185 miles from Klamath
2.5 Miles from our Park
An experienced captain and narrator will describe the Klamath River's rich history, local Native American culture, and thriving wildlife. Bear, blacktail deer, elk, soaring osprey, eagles, hawks, otters, mink and many other varieties of wildlife may be seen by looking carefully along the riverbanks.
Klamath, CA (On the river in Klamath town, watch for the signs)
For visitor Information on all
the Redwood Parks call (707) 465-7335
Klamath River Whale & Calf
“Breathtaking view... don't miss this!”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed October 7, 2015
We stayed at the Klamath River RV Park for several days and toured the area extensively. On our last day, we made the drive up Requa Road to the Klamath River overlook. WOW, what a breathtaking site! Once up top, you can see the Pacific Ocean in all its glory as well as the Klamath River dumping into it. This is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset!Visited September 2015
Klamath River Jet Boat Tours
Located in the heart of the Redwood National
and State Parks, you can explore a well-maintained
interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring
Redwoods of Northern California.
The Trail of Tall Tales is a section devoted
to the myth and mythology of
Paul Bunyan, America's larger-than-life
logger from the turn of the century.
Enjoy the Native American End of the Trail Museum,
Skytrail Gondola Tour, a gift shop, and restaurant.
15500 Highway 101 N., Klamath CA.
(Just North of Klamath Town)
California Redwoods National State Park
Just 7.5 miles from Klamath River RV Park!
Did You Know?
Because Crater Lake is filled almost entirely by snowfall, it is one of the clearest lakes anywhere in the world. Scientists using a reflector called a Secchi disk commonly record clarity readings of 120 feet. On June 25, 1997 scientists recorded a record clarity reading of 142 feet.
A small volcanic island, Wizard Island, rises 764 feet above the surface of the lake on its west side. A small crater, 300 feet across and 90 feet deep, rests on the summit.
Crater Lake was named for this beautiful, symmetrical crater by James Sutton, editor of the Oregon Sentinel in Jacksonville, in 1869.
Scientists have identified 157 species of phytoplankton and 12 species of zooplankton in the lake. The density and diversity of these minute life forms is restricted by low concentrations of nitrogen in the lake. Large colonies of moss circle the lake at depths of up to 400 feet. At the bottom of the lake, communities of bacteria grow around at least two areas of hydrothermal activity. Two species of fish, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon, also thrive in the lake, the result of stocking between 1888 and 1942.