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Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center

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Address: Highway 101, Orick, CA
Phone Number:
+1 707-464-9150
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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We stopped here on our way to San Francisco from Seattle after staying in the Jedediah campground. It was amazing to see how far we had traveled on 101 and to see the Pacific... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 January 2017
Philadelphia, United States
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Philadelphia, United States
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to San Francisco from Seattle after staying in the Jedediah campground. It was amazing to see how far we had traveled on 101 and to see the Pacific Ocean from here is amazing!!! My husband bought me a beautiful scarf with the coastal map and to remind me of our honeymoon roadtrip!!! Great rangers... More 

Thank beatricea146
United States
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707 reviews
508 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This visitor center is very easy to get to from the main road. Staff is helpful and there is a beach right next to the center. Good place to orient yourself to the park and determine where you want to go to first to see the redwoods.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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102 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped for restrooms and park stamps for collectors book. We walked down to the beach and learned what a sneaker was in the tsunami vocabulary world. Very clean restrooms!!! Helpful staff with directions to local attractions.

Thank CathyP1953
Eureka, California
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95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Located just south of Orick, the visitor center is easy to get to off of Highway 101. It sits on the beach near the mouth of Redwood Creek and has great resources for visitors to Redwood National Park. If nothing else, it is a convenient place for a bathroom break as there are few other places to stop nearby.

Thank lentz316
Long Beach, California
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We LOVE a good NPS Visitor Center, the gift shop, the Junior Ranger guides, the orientation videos and the opportunity for a posed photo with the welcome sign. Unfortunately, this Center was missing most of this. We left scratching our heads wondering "why doesn't NPS do a better job, this is the freaking red woods!?" The film was poor quality... More 

Thank pollywog3
Austin, Texas
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721 reviews
370 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Stop here if you are driving north on Hwy 101 to/through the park. The park rangers are helpful and friendly. There is an on-demand 9ask at the desk) orientation/history film about the park which is very informative and runs about 20 minutes. There are displays, maps, activity schedules, Junior Ranger programs, clean rest rooms and water, and an ample parking... More 

Thank capitollover
Sugar Land, Texas
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175 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Located on the coast with views of beach/ocean and mountains covered in Sitka Spruce fronting Coastal Redwoods. Very picturesque. Staff is knowable and helpful. Clean restrooms and water fountains. Ample parking. Limited souvenir items. No food items. Recommend an orientation stop.

Thank PheSugarLand_Texas
Murrieta, California
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929 reviews
607 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We stopped here on 08/07, late in the afternoon and the facility was closed. Looks to be a very large information center with displays on the walls. Does provide great access to the beach. Looks to be ample parking available for both cars and RV's.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Olympia, Washington
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109 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

The information available as well as the friendly, knowledgeable Rangers make this a must stop when visiting the area. Parking is ample, restrooms are clean.

Thank LovetoTravel58653
Santa Rosa, California
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372 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I'm really glad we stopped in here. Not only for the maps and brochures, but the ranger we met was very informative and helpful. She outlined a scenic drive and pointed out where we could see some of the oldest and largest trees within a short walk. She also explained how this could be both a state and national park.... More 

Thank Pat B

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