This Ancient American Redwood Forest Is Opening To The Public For The First Time Ever

For the first time in a generation, America will soon be seeing the creation of a new redwood park.

Over 730 acres of ancient redwood forest will be opening to the public in 2021 as the Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve. Located about three hours from San Francisco, the forest has previously been under private ownership and thus inaccessible to the public.

After the passing of owner Harold Richardson in 2016, his family decided to entrust the land to the Save the Redwoods League and allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the forest. The reserve will contain the 1,640-year-old McAlpin Tree, the oldest known redwood tree south of Mendocino County.

If you’re itching to explore these woods, you’ll have to wait a few more years while the Save the Redwoods League establishes hiking trails and prep the park for opening. Still, this is great news for nature lovers everywhere.