Overview: Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses 53,000 acres of forests, meadows, and watersheds and about 100 miles of hiking, biking, and... more »
Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses 53,000 acres of forests, meadows, and watersheds and about 100 miles of hiking, biking, and... more » riding trails. Approximately 17,000 acres consists of old-growth coast redwood forests, including the 10,000 acre Rockefeller Forest, the largest contiguous old growth redwood forest in the world.
The 32-mile Avenue of the Giants parallels Highway 101 and winds its way through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This road was originally built as a stagecoach and wagon road in the 1880s. Today, the Avenue of the Giants, also knows as State Route 254, is considered a scenic alternate to Highway 101. There are several opportunities along the route to access Highway 101.
Along the Avenue of the Giants eight Auto Tour Stops designate panels and interesting places to stop. Look for the Auto Tour sign to indicate where to stop. Stops are generally about 200 feet beyond the Auto Tour signs. less «
Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted on trails. Camp only in designated campgrounds.
The... more » southern entrance to the Avenue is just north of Garberville, and the northern entrance is south of Fortuna. less «
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... More you make your way through the Avenue of the GiantsLess
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... More under President Wilson. He was also the first volunteer President of Save-the-Redwoods League.Less
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... More I. Aside from honoring Colonel Bolling, it set a theme for the park, to "Preserve an America worth fighting for."
In 1928 the California State Park System was formed, and this grove of redwoods was combined with other preserved areas to form what has become Humboldt Redwoods State Park.Less
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 open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Visitor Center Hours:
April-October 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
November-March 10:00 am - 4:00 pmLess
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 were destroyed.
The conditions were set for the flood when a cold storm left heavy snows in the mountains. This was followed by a warm storm, melting the snow pack, and dumping a reported 32 inches of rain in three days.
During the flood, at Fernbridge about thirty miles downstream, the river's flow was greater than the average flow of the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers combined.
Average annual rainfall for this area is about sixty-five inches, but amounts of as much as one hundred-twenty inches have been recorded. Coast Redwoods flourish with this life giving rainfall. It's best when it doesn't come all at once.Less
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 League purchased it six years later.
One family's success to preserve these trees has allowed ALL of us the opportunity to enjoy this splendor today. The preservation of redwoods continues though the efforts of Save-the-Redwoods League, the California State Parks and many other individuals and agencies.Less
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... More population of homesteaders who ranched, farmed and logged the area.
Meat, dairy goods, fruits, vegetables and wood products were shipped to the Humboldt Bay region via riverboat and later by rail. At station across the river at South Fork served the northwestern Pacific Railroad linking Eureka to San Francisco, opening the region to further commerce and passenger transport.
By 1920, the wagon road had become the "Redwood Highway" and the save-the-redwoods movement was well underway. Park land was acquired and a portion of Dyerville was purchased by the State which converted the town store into park headquarters.
During the early 1930's, the civilian conservation Corps established a camp here. Later the camp was moved south to Burlington near Weott due to high water in 1937. Park headquarters remained until 1955 when flood waters rose 19 feet in just one hour, destroying virtually everything.
Whatever was left of Dyerville was buried during the construction of Highway 101 in 1957. Less than 10 years later the 1964 flood drowned the north coast again. Layered beneath your feet is 30 feet of fill and landslide debris.
In 1995, several coast redwoods were planted on what is today known as the Dyerville Overlook Day Use Area.Less
This is the Northern Entrance to the Avenue of the Giants.