One of the most accessible and breathtaking places to hike on the planet is through the majestic forest of Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), located in northern coastal California. Covering over 200 square miles, the RNSP is home to a massive population of old-growth redwood trees, many of which are thousands of years old. The preservation of these forests is critical today, as it is estimated that roughly 96 percent of the redwood forest that existed in California has been lost to logging, and what is left comprises approximately half of the world’s redwood trees. This ancient forest is one of the most proficient ecosystems on Earth, fostering thousands of species of flora and fauna, some of which can only be found here. The giant ferns amongst the massive trees coupled with the profound silence of nature lend a mystical feeling to the experience that is not soon forgotten. If you’ve never visited the Redwood Forest, this video will no doubt inspire you to see it for yourself.
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