Children living in Crescent City and Del Norte County are served by the Del Norte County Unified School District. Made up of eight elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one continuation high school, parents can also choose to send their children to local private and parochial schools. For students and adult learners ready to continue their education in a collegiate environment, area colleges and universities include College of the Redwoods in Crescent City and Eureka; Humboldt State University; and Rogue Community College.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents living in Crescent City know that the great outdoors plays an important role in their daily lifestyle. With its coastal location along the famed Highway 101, the city is framed by the gorgeous blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and by the many redwood trees of the Redwood National and State Parks, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.
Named after the explorer and fur trapper Jedediah Strong Smith, the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park features some of the most magnificent trees to grace the California coast, including western hemlock, Douglas fir, Port Orford cedar, and of course redwoods, to name a few. Additionally, an assortment of moss, lichens, and ground cover can be found throughout the forest. Visitors can also observe the many wildlife that call the forest home, including the black bear, river otters, deer, bald eagle, spotted owl, and bobcat, among many other animals. In addition to camping, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is an excellent area for fishing for steelhead trout and salmon, in addition to its hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
The Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park was established in 1927 and features eight miles of coastline and about 50% old growth coast redwood. Located approximately seven miles south of Crescent City, this State Park in conjunction with Jedediah Smith, Prairie Creek and the National Park Service’s Redwood Nation Park are all managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. In addition to old growth coast redwoods, red alder, big leaf maple, tanoak, and California bay trees make up the vegetation of the forest. Family campsites are located on the grounds, and there are plenty of nature, hiking, and biking trails and nature exhibits located in the area.
Crescent City is home to two lighthouses, the Battery Point Lighthouse and the St. George Reef Lighthouse. Listed on the California Historical Landmark registry, the Battery Point Lighthouse was one of the first along the California coast and was first lit in 1856. After surviving the tsunami of 1964, the lighthouse was deactivated until 1982 and was once again utilized as a private aid for navigational purposes. Today, visitors can tour the lighthouse and its museum during low tide from April to September. Located about six miles off the coast of Crescent City is the St. George Reef Lighthouse. Unfortunately, because of its dangerous location on a rock only 300 feet in diameter, this lighthouse is not open to the public but can be seen from the shore.
After spending the day sightseeing in the area’s National and State Parks, what better way to end the day than to enjoy practicing your swing out on the links? Locals can enjoy tee time at the Del Norte Golf Course and the Kings Valley Golf Course. Both courses are open to the public and offer spectacular views of the forest, blue Northern California skies, and plenty of green fairways. The Del Norte Golf Course is a 9-hole par-71 course located within walking distance to the Redwoods National Park. Kings Valley Golf Course is a 9-hole executive length par-28 course. If you’re looking to take a drive up to the Oregon coast, be sure to stop by the Salmon Run Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course.
For residents and visitors looking to spend some time enjoying the wilderness, The Smith River National Recreation Area located in Six Rivers National Forest is the perfect place to go. Forming a border to the Redwood National and State Parks, the area is a terrific place for avid fishermen as the River features some of the best fishing with Chinook salmon and trophy-sized steelhead trout. The area is also a popular spot for camping, hiking, and rafting, though the latter activities are dependent on the rains that swell the creeks and rivers.
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