Three streams merge in Big Basin Redwoods State Park to form Opal Creek. It then flows south to meet East Waddell Creek near Hihn-Hammond Road. East Waddell Creek joins West Waddell Creek to become Waddell Creek. Waddell Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean.


The leaching of the tannins from fallen branches of redwood trees cause a rainbow effect alike opals. The stream is slow, so the colors are noticeable.


None. Nearest is the Big Basin State Park gift shop that has seasonal hours.


Bus service to Big Basin State Park. Bus service to Waddell Creek Beach.


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