La Honda, California, Portola Redwoods State Park

The Portola Redwoods State Park

The Portola Redwoods State Park, in La Honda, is named after the Spanish explorer who was one of the first Europeans to ever visit that area of California.

Most of the Redwoods in La Honda were logged in order to help build structures in San Francisco. Therefore, the old growth trees are scattered around the Portola Redwoods State Park, whereas, the old growth in nearby parks like Henry Coe Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods are essentially in tact due to a lack of logging at those locations. The lobbying of the “Save The Redwoods League” helped prevent further logging of other ancient redwoods, before their logging became illegal in California.

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