You will need exceptional tracking skills or just dumb luck to see a fox or rabbit in the redwood forest. Call me dumb and dumber because I’ve seen both.
Rabbits are not that common in the forest but there are a few species of cottontails in the local area. Of those species, the brush rabbit is the smallest. Cute and timid, brush rabbits are mostly nocturnal. A good time to spot them here is if you are up early and driving around on smaller dirt roads. I sometimes see a brush rabbit in the early morning scurry across the top part of Monument Drive near the 199. The web has a bunch of photos of feeding signs, scat photos, and foot prints of brush rabbits if you are inclined to make a hobby out of s[potting one. I suggest you merely offer to do the bnb’s early morning shopping to increase your chances of seeing one of these furry creatures.
This wikipedia description will help you determine if the rabbit you may have seen is in fact a brush rabbit or maybe another of the cottontail species present in the redwood forest: “The brush rabbit is smaller than many of the other cottontails, and unlike most of them, the underside of its tail is grey rather than white (which may be why its common name does not include the word “cottontail”). The upperside of the brush rabbit’s fur varies from light brown to gray in color, while the underside is usually always white. Adult rabbits measure anywhere from 10–14 inches long and rarely weigh over two pounds.”
All you need to see a fox, on the other hand, is an unlocked chicken pen because they love to eat chicken (and have heard many a story of fox squeezing through tiny cracks in the wall or through a door left ajar to make whoopy inside a chicken pen). The grey fox is a fast-moving, stealthy, nocturnal animal that lives and hunts for prey across a wide spectrum of habitats (unlike the brush rabbit who lives its life within a small area). The gray fox preys on rabbit, rodents, and birds, and they will also eat fruit and berries. I’ve only seen two fox in my life here, both times I caught them in my headlights as they hustled across a road (once 199, once on Monument near the bnb). Foxes are classified as canines and do resemble dogs (cats too, actually). They are small, low to the ground, grey in color, often with some red in their fur as well.
These are two difficult to spot species. Sightings will be infrequent and undependable. The chicken trick works if you are desperate and you don’t need the eggs.