A walk through an ancient cathedral of coastal redwoods feels like a walk back in time. Lady Bird Johnson Grove will no doubt make visitors feel small and somewhat insignificant as they peer upwards at the world's tallest organisms. This grove is different than others nearby in that the redwoods are along a mountain ridge rather than in a protected valley. This location means these redwoods face harsher conditions than their valley counter parts, but are also more likely to be in the clouds. As you walk through the grove, take note of some differences you might have seen from other groves nearby or from redwoods in Prairie Creek.
This magnificent grove of ancient redwoods was named for Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson, who was a strong advocate for creating and preserving beauty in the United States. During her time as First Lady, when her husband Lyndon B. Johnson was president, she worked hard to pass bills to protect wildflowers and plant them along U.S. highways and to limit the use of billboards. Lady Bird Johnson's famous statement, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope," sums up her campaigns quite well. On August 27, 1969, Lady Bird was honored with the naming of this grove by President Nixon. A year prior, on November 25, 1968, Lady Bird was also here to help in the dedication of Redwood National Park. This route passes the site of the dedication for the national park and the naming of the grove.