Nicholas DeRenzo
May 2021

In the heart of California's Redwood Empire, there’s a brand-new way to interact with its iconic supersized residents—and it won’t leave your neck strained from gawking upward.

The new Redwood Sky Walk at Eureka’s Sequoia Park Zoo ascends up to 100 feet above the forest floor and weaves among the old-growth and mature second-growth trees. The West Coast’s longest skywalk comprises 1,104 feet of walkways, platforms and rope bridges, but the experience is as gentle as a walk in the park: There are no stairs, meaning you move up into the trees via gently sloping ramps that make almost all of it (except for the optional adventure segment) ADA-compliant.

“It is exhilarating up there,” says Jim Campbell-Spickler of Eco-Ascension Research and Consulting, who monitors the ongoing health and protection of the redwoods. “It is the perfect spot to look up to see the architecture and individuality of the trees.” He continues: “You feel like an animal or a bird—you’re in a different space.”


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