Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
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Location Humboldt County, California, USA
Nearest city Carlotta, California
Coordinates 40°29′7″N123°54′22″W / 40.48528°N 123.90611°W / 40.48528; -123.90611 Coordinates: 40°29′7″N123°54′22″W / 40.48528°N 123.90611°W / 40.48528; -123.90611
Area430 acres (170 ha)
Established1943
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, USA, harboring groves of coast redwoods in three separate units along the Van Duzen River. It is located 20 miles (32 km) south of Eureka, California, then another 17 miles (27 km) east of Fortuna on State Route 36. The small park was created by a donation from Owen R. Cheatham, founder of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, who wanted to preserve the stand of redwoods in perpetuity. Originally established in 1943, the park has grown to 430 acres (170 ha). [1] Cheatham Grove , 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the main unit, was added to the park in 1983 due to efforts of the Save the Redwoods League. [2]

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The park is so secluded due to its location off the major regional artery, U.S. Route 101, that on a weekday a visitor can be the only person in any one of the several groves. [3] Cheatham Grove has a small trail about a mile long and was one of the filming sites for Return of the Jedi as the Forest Moon of Endor. There is also 1 albino redwood along the trail and is the location of a Redwood Edventure Quest. [4]

Proposed for closure

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program. [5] It was previously one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide. [6]

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