Upland Redwood Grove
The Lady Bird Johnson Grove hosted the ceremony dedicating Redwood National Park honoring the namesake lady in attendance in 1968, and represents an environmental victory. The victory is little late because 98% of the original old growth redwood are gone, and the Redwood National and State Parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Creek Redwoods and Jebediah Smith Redwoods) protect almost half that remains. The creation of the national park, and its expansion in 1978, were not without controversy as many locals were against setting land aside from timber harvesting.
The large parking lot is off of the paved Bald Hills Road and the trail is reached via a footbridge over the road. The trail is handicapped accessible, very popular and full of huge redwoods in an upland environment which is not where they're typically found. The loop begins about 0.3 mile from the bridge, and both directions head down about 100' over a 0.85 mile loop before heading up the other side. A memorial plaque for the 1968 dedication ceremony is located about 0.3 mile from the junction heading clockwise.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.