Best of both songs right here in Del Norte

June 13, 2007 12:00 am

School children across the nation every year sing about Del Norte County, home of "the redwood forests" in "This Land is Your Land" and the "shining sea" in "America the Beautiful." At Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, you can both redwood forests and shining sea. This 6,400-acre redwood forest is found about south of Crescent City along U.S. Hwy. 101. Coastal redwoods have a rich understory of Douglas fir, western hemlock, tan oak and ferns. Mist is more common with redwood groves near the ocean, which creates a particular beauty of its own. In May and June, the redwood forest explodes with pink rhododendrons, made all the more bright for the shadowy forest light. Trails such as Damn-ation Creek Trail descend through old-growth forest to deposit hikers at a Pacific Ocean beach.