10 Best Photo Spots

1. Fern Canyon: The otherworldly first stop for anyone wanting to capture Redwood National Park’s unique beauty. You can make the long hike in from the Prairie Creek State Park Visitor’s Center (stopping first to look at the elk) or drive out to Gold Bluffs Beach.
2. Moonstone Beach: Just off Scenic Drive, Moonstone is a favorite spot for picnics and gorgeous sunsets.
3. Agate Beach overlook: Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and Big Lagoon from atop this easily accessible overlook in Patrick’s Point State Park. Walk down the trail for some agate hunting.
4. Stone Lagoon, Big Lagoon and Dry Lagoon: Turn off Highway 101 and spend some time at these exceptionally beautiful bodies of water. The light is perfect at sunrise, especially if you’re taking photos from canoe.
5. Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse: This iconic memorial to those lost at sea is also a great place to sit and watch the light playing on the water as fishing boats bob near the pier.
6. Berry Glen Trail: One of Redwood National Park’s newest trails, Berry Glen was created with photo vistas in mind. Steep and curvy with plenty of opportunities to look back and enjoy the view, this is an especially nice hike when spring wildflowers are in bloom.
7. Trinidad Head: A moderate hike around the top of Trinidad Head yields outstanding views of town and sea. This is also a popular spot to sit and whale watch during migration season.
8. Luffenholtz: Rugged and iconic, this picturesque beach just off Scenic Drive is the perfect place to snap pictures of surf, surfers and sea creatures. At the bottom of cliff are numerous tidepools.
9. Omenoku Point and Elk Head: Photo opportunities abound on the path through Trinidad State Beach Park (head north on foot from the parking lot off State Park Road). The spooky, moss-covered forest gives way to breathtaking views of College Cove, Pewetole Island and a sweep of coastal bluffs. Keep an eye out for sea lions on the rocks below.
10. Trinidad Cemetery: If you’re in the mood for offbeat beauty, consider a stroll through Trinidad Cemetery (just off Stagecoach Road). With graves dating back to the town’s earliest days and tall, stately trees framing the lawn, this is a good spot for some unique shots.