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Del Norte County, California Info


Look for the place where towering redwoods meet the sea. Somewhere between the crashing surf and complete silence of the giant forests you'll grapple with words to describe Northern California's coastal beauty. Del Norte County's complex and compelling treasures to soak up like the generous rainfalls that average nearly 50 inches per year, are beyond any coastal experience you'll find on Earth.

Locals don't brag so much about their surroundings because words fall short of the magnificence that pictures only partially capture. Stand among trees dating back several thousand years and listen to what they have to say. To the untrained ear, it sounds like nothingness--no cars, no jets, no noise.

Among the forests is the world's tallest tree, the Hyperion, which stands at 379.3 feet. It is nestled in Redwood National and State Park that straddles two counties--Del Norte & Humboldt.

Where to stay: Crescent City! Forbes declared the beach destination one of the 20 prettiest towns in the U.S. It is the only incorporated city in the entire county bordering the state of Oregon. There's B Street Pier you can walk on and enjoy free pier fishing, locally sourced produce plus lots of fish on the menu at restaurants, a harbor filled with fishing boats, spectacular sunsets, two lighthouses, and the crashing surf along pristine beaches strewn with seashells and driftwood.

Del Norte County Cities & Towns
Crescent City

State/County Population Estimates

Del Norte County 29,673

Del Norte County Farm Crop Top 10 Production

1. High Bluff Beach
2. Wilson Creek Beach
3. Enderts Beach
4. Crescent Beach Crescent Beach Overlook
5. South Beach
6. Beachfront Park
7. Pebble Beach
8. Point St. George
9. Lake Earl Wildlife Beaches
10. Kellogg Beach
11. Clifford Kamph Memorial Park
12. Pelican State Beach Whale watching - View gray whales during the winter months of November through April. A resident population may be seen any month of the year at the Klamath River Overlook. Pick a clear, calm day. Bring your binoculars and watch for their spouting. Other good viewing spots include:, Wilson Creek, High Bluff Overlook, Gold Bluffs Beach, Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center. Roosevelt elk, one of the largest members of the deer family, are the most easily observed wildlife in the parks. They are seen south of the Klamath River in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, along the Bald Hills Road, and in the Orick area. Males sport large antlers in late summer through winter. Females are smaller in stature and have no antlers. The rut, or mating season, occurs in fall. Calves are born in grassy, open areas in May and June. Tidepool marine life and seabird viewing! Enderts Beach, -mile walk down the Coastal Trail from the Crescent Beach Overlook; Lagoon Creek/Yurok Loop, 1-mile (1 km) hike to Hidden Beach; Wilson Creek along Highway 101; pick up a tides schedule at a visitor center


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