Founders Grove
Founders Grove
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Sharon
Brigham City, UT18 contributions
Oct 2021
I read a lot of reviews about how crowded this "hike" is, but I think I have discvered the secrets to having the trail all to yourself. 1) Go in the early fall when it's off season 2) Go early in the morning. We were there in early October around 7am and literally had the entire grove to ourselves! It was an amazing hike with wonderful discoveries around almost every bend. The "hike" itself is more of a walk than a hike. Fairly level, well marked trails. Well worth the time, especially if you plan your visit for early in the day.
Written October 12, 2021
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Paul N
Eureka, CA20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Just of Highway 101 at exit 663 is one of the most impressive groves of Redwoods. You will see a HUGE tree with the center hollowed out. When you see it, you will wonder how it is still standing.

As you walk the approximate 1/2 mile flat trail, you will see many trees that have blown down and exposed the root systems. Take a picture next to them to show how BIG the root system is. It will be two to three times as tall as you. If you don’t see this, you will have missed a gem!!!!!

You can also go underneath the overpass to Rockefeller’s forest, which is another gem. It is about two miles but worth the trip. You will see some of the largest trees. There are so many, it will be hard to believe.
Written January 21, 2020
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TracyM
Cincinnati, OH614 contributions
Jun 2022
This was probably our families favorite hike in the redwoods, and it's hardly even a hike. It was easy to access and park, is only about 0.5 miles but we spent probably over an hour here. The trail is beautiful around every turn. Additionally there are TONS of trees to climb on, which was of course, the kids favorite thing. it even included this insane tree that had fallen down that we could all climb on and take a picture. Can't miss this stop.
Written August 30, 2022
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LST2323
Potsdam, NY176 contributions
Sep 2021
Fabulous but busy walk. Lots of people here, unlike some of the groves I had to myself. But totally still worth it for the great interpretive guide, ease of the trail, ample parking with bathrooms, etc. Really glad I stopped.
Written September 15, 2021
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Char C
Henderson, NV117 contributions
Feb 2020
Is only 0.53 miles, is a loop. The signage states wheelchairs can do it. The ground cover is not muddy, is a thick layers of pine needles. If you are towing there is no parking at the trail head. And only small RVS can fit. Has a self guided tour flyer, in a box, for 1 dollar. And the trail has marked numbers, to follow along in the flyer. I suggest grab one. Trail head has bathrooms. Is all paved to the trail head from the road. Is a great hike for individuals with disabilities, to still be IN the forest.
Written March 10, 2020
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Steve D
Bellingham, WA66 contributions
May 2016 • Family
This was simply amazing, impressive, unbelievable, fill in your own adjectives here because there really aren't words to describe it all.

Parking can be tight, we went on a weekday and didn't have trouble but there were only a few spots left. I am not sure where you would park on a weekend with larger crowds. Also, this was free which surprised us.

There is a box with information about all of the spots along the way but it is difficult to see that it is a box that holds the pamphlets so make sure to grab one of those. The Founder's tree is the first major tree you come to and there is a platform to stand on next to it. If there is a line, skip this one because it is no more impressive than the hundreds of other old growth trees there, you will have plenty of time to take pictures elsewhere.

The fallen giants are also amazing. Take your time, enjoy nature, hopefully it will be quiet like it was for us when we visited, we really enjoyed standing among these giants.
Written June 2, 2016
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Cameron M
Mobile, AL723 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We've visited Founders Grove before and it's always been a high pay-off for low effort. Now it's even better because there's a SPECTACULAR new attraction. In spring of 2016 a BIG tree fell across the already-downed Dyersville Giant (which fell in 1991). The trunk of the newly fallen tree EXPLODED across the Giant into a spectacular game of Pick-up-Sticks. The scale of the wreckage is just amazing.
The Founder Grove is popular because it's so easy to access and is an easy stroll, but somehow it never feels too overrun. Right off 101, easy parking, potties, flat wide paths, and good pamphlet all combine together to make this a real nice stop. We also visited the Rockefeller Grove off the same exit a couple of miles down a really crappy narrow road. Founders Grove beats it hands down. Rockefeller is nice, but Founders is just top notch, and we've hiked a lot of redwood groves.
Written July 18, 2017
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AXSYD
Sydney, Australia206 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
A well maintained track makes it easy to navigate your way through a series of scenic spots. A relatively short track and easy to read free walking guide gives time poor travellers a good feel for California’s majestic redwood forests. The grove is literally a 100 yards off the Route 101 exit ramp. It’s the perfect 39 minute rest stop for long distance travellers passing through the area.
Written June 7, 2018
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JerryH9905
Baltimore, MD5,369 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
September 7, 2017 - After leaving the Park's visitor's center, we drove North looking for the Founders Grove, one of the most visited redwood groves in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It is home to some of the tallest redwoods in the world. We parked the car and began our walk through these majestic trees which date back hundreds of years. We felt honored to be able to walk among these gentle giants.

We started our drive from the North going South because we drove from McKinleyville. If you do the same, don't get discouraged but try to visit the Park's visitors center to get more info.

Absolutely amazing experience to be next to nature in its grandest form.
Written October 13, 2017
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Clynn35
Austin, TX51 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
A must-do walk in the Humboldt Redwoods. At the beginning of the loop is ample parking and restrooms across the street. When you begin the walk at the Founders Tree, their are informative pamphlets you can borrow for the walk, or keep for a donation to help preservation.

Each spot is listed along with information about what you are seeing. Includes the Dyerville Giant, which now has a neighboring tree fallen across it, so you can no longer take pictures right in front of it as you could in the past.

A very even, easy, walk, this area of the forest is dense, covered, and so green. One of the most peaceful spots to reflect on these amazing trees.
Written July 15, 2017
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