Virtual Guidebook to the Redwood National and State Parks
Crescent City
Del Norte County California


Crescent City, northernmost substantial town in California, spreads inland from the long curving beach which gives it its name. It boasts a major fishing port graced by an improbably picturesque lighthouse. A waterfront park includes the area devastated by the 1962 tsunami, with headquarters for Redwood National Park a block inland.

Parks spread in all directions from the edges of Crescent City - Tolowa Dunes to the north, Jedediah Smith Redwoods to the east and Del Norte Redwoods to the south. Highway 101 follows the coast north and south while Highway 199, the last leg of the Redwood Highway, follows the Smith River northeast into Oregon.



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On the Crescent City Breakwater

(August 10, 2008)


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Giant tetrapods on the Crescent City Breakwater

(August 10, 2008)


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Despite their huge size the tetrrapods on the breakwater are slowly being moved by the waves

(August 10, 2008)


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An open space along the Crescent City waterfront marks the tsunami danger zone

(August 10, 2008)


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The chain-saw sculpture mermaid at Crescent City Harbor

(August 10, 2008)


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Citizens Dock at Crescent City

(August 10, 2008)


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The long Crescent Beach that gave Crescent City its name

(August 10, 2008)


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