About: After winding over rolling hills and through the Anderson Valley, motorists traveling along Highway 128 suddenly enter an eleven-mile-long "redwood tunnel to the sea." The redwood forest along the Navarro River is a magnificent sight. Visitors to this state park can enjoy picnicking, swimming, and camping at the Paul M. Dimmick campground. The park is popular with anglers, canoests, and kayakers in the late winter and spring. Second growth redwood groves stretch the length of the park. They are home for raccoons, black-tail deer, and river-oriented birds such as the belted kingfisher. Unlike the coastal parks, summer may warm this unit to 85 or 90 degrees.
Directions: Paul M. Dimmick State Recreation Area is located on State highway 128 about six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The highway, a highly scenic route, follows the Navarro River from Dimmick through what is known locally as "the Tunnel of Redwoods-to-the-Sea".
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