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Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour

Drive through giant redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 20.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses 53,000 acres of forests, meadows, and watersheds and about 100 miles of hiking, biking, and... more »

Tips:  Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted on trails. Camp only in designated campgrounds.

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Points of Interest

While technically not on the Avenue of the Giants this tourist attraction is very close to the south entrance. You will have to pay $1 per person to see inside this old redwood log that has been turned into a "house".

It's also a good place to grab some coffee or food. Across the street you will find a gas station to fill up before you make... More

2. Southern Entrance

This is the southern entrance into the Avenue.

3. F.K. Lane Grove

This short, fifteen-minute loop trail will allow you to stretch your legs and get a feel for the "magic" of the redwood forest. In summer, notice a distinct cooling of temperatures as you enter and stroll beneath the forest canopy.

This grove of redwoods was set aside in 1928 to honor Franklin K. Lane, the Secretary of the Interior under... More

4. Bolling Grove

These redwoods are here for us to enjoy because of visionary individuals. In 1921, Save-the-Redwoods League purchased this grove in order to "rescue from destruction representative areas of our primeval forests."

Bolling Grove was dedicated to the memory of Colonel Raynal Bolling, an American officer who died in action during World War I. Aside... More

5. Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is operated by the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association, and all proceeds benefit efforts to expand the educational and outreach goals of the park. There are numerous visual and hands on educational exhibits, a theater, a gift shop, and a friendly volunteer staff to answer questions about the park. The Visitor Center is... More

6. Weott

Periodic winter flooding is not uncommon along California's Northcoast, and several floods have been catastrophic!

Try to imagine standing at this exact spot while 33 feet of river water rages overhead. Such was the scene in 1964, when a disastrous flood devastated the bustling community of Weott. In just this area, more than fifty buildings... More

7. Mahan Plaque

In 1924, Laura Mahan, President of the local Save-the-Redwoods League and James Mahan, a prominent Eureka attorney, took a personal stand when they learned the forest around you was about to be logged.

Through their direct actions operations were stopped. Pacific Lumber company agreed to continue paying taxes on this land until Save-the-Redwoods... More

8. Dyerville Overlook

Ltcuntadun is the name given to this place by the native Sinkyone-Lolangkok people. For hundrds of years they celebrated the river's abundant salmon, lamprey and steelhead.

In 1876, a ferry crossed the river here. The town of Dyerville, named for its oldest resident, Charles "Dad" Dyer, was established in 1890. It served a growing population... More

9. Chandler Grove

The short loop (actually 2 small loops sharing a middle edge) heads up along a slope and then down for a small outing. Being on a slope, the trees aren't dense.

10. Drury-Chaney Grove

The Drury-Chaney Trail has two sections, a regular trail from the Avenue of the Giants to the loop portion of the trail and then the loop trail.

11. Northern Entrance

This is the Northern Entrance to the Avenue of the Giants.