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About Hendy Woods State Park
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Nicely kept campsites with a good amount of privacy. Try to snag a spot on the outer side of the outer road for even more privacy. Good hiking trails from the campgrounds but mostly just to walk amongst the redwoods rather than vertical climbing. Showers are coin operated so bring quarters or save water!
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I think this S.P. is the ultimate escape.
This ancient Redwood forests is only about 3 hours from San Francisco.
The trees our est. to be 300' tall and could be up to 1000 years old. Hike around the massive stumps and fallen trees and the red wood groves.
The day use and the picnicking area is on the banks of the Navarro river-over looking the the Big Hendy Grove.
The camp hosts @ this camp keeps the camp sites clean and well maintained.
This park has a dump station
Make sure you hike the nature trails though out the park.
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The creek is fairly safe and known for its frogs, turtles and newts - perfect for adventurous kids (and grownups!) to explore.
The nearby coastal beaches are a quick thirty minute drive and make for a great day trip.
The Hendy Woods trail is perfect for kiddos, take your time wandering amongst the giant redwoods.
Site 56 is the family suite with plenty of space for multiple gigantic family tents and tons of space for the kids to run around in and logs to balance on. A sweet spot even though it is on the inner loop.
Loud - lots of people and depending on their camping manners you might be listening to their loud music until 2am and have 15 kids running through your campsite at 5am. Rangers don't really enforce the #of people per campsite or quiet hours. Fun to be near the river though, and is beautiful.
History of Hendy Woods State Park
The two groves of redwood and the park which was constructed around them bear the name of Joshua P. Hendy, who in the late 1800's first claimed this beautiful area as his own.
Hendy found something within the peace and quiet of these moss encrusted groves that made him vow that neither saw nor ax would ever lay bare the inner bark of these giants. True to his word, as long as the land was his, the trees were never harmed.
California was growing and the need for lumber was great. After Joshua P. Hendy died, the groves were sold. Down came the giant trees in the outlying areas and off to the mills they were hauled. Timber was cut and removed from all sides of the big groves, but never was an order given to attack the giants standing there..
Hendy Woods was sold to the people of California in August of 1958, to become one of our finest state parks.