Del Norte County has many acres of beautiful scenery, but if your stay in the county is short, here’s a few must-do spots for your your list! From Redwoods to rivers, ocean overlooks to Elk-filled meadows, be ready to be amazed.
Howland Hill Road/Stout Grove
An exceptionally beautiful six-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods following the historic stagecoach route to Oregon; 1/2-mile walk through river bottom grove of tremendous trees. Enjoy outstanding old growth redwoods, Mill Creek and the Smith River. From U.S. 101 in Crescent City take Elk Valley Road 1 mile to Howland Hill.
Enderts Beach/Crescent Beach
Outstanding Pacific Ocean view from the overlook; 1-mile walk to Enderts Beach provides access to tide pools. Check low tide times. 2 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101, turn south on Enderts Beach Road.
Simpson Reed Trail
A magnificent redwood grove with a short and easy trail. Parking of any size vehicle on U.S. 199, three miles east of U.S. 101/199 junction.
Klamath River Overlook
Watch for gray whales, other marine mammals, and seabirds; hike 1/4-mile steep trail to lower overlook. 18 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101, turn west on Requa Road and travel 2.5 miles to overlook.
Eight-mile rough road winds past expansive Pacific Ocean views and descends into redwoods at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway/Big Tree Wayside – Ten-mile scenic drive through old-growth redwoods; 1/8-mile walk to Big Tree Wayside; Roosevelt elk viewing in the prairie. 22 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101, turn west on Klamath Beach Road to river mouth and start of Coastal Drive.
Roosevelt elk viewing; Two-mile Trillium Falls Trail loop. Gold Bluffs Beach – Go beyond Davison Road to access this isolated Pacific beach; hike Fern Canyon with thirty-foot walls full of ferns; birdwatching and hiking. 40 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101, turn west on Davison Road.