Redwood Highway is the name given to that 300mi/480km stretch of the U.S. 101 which passes through the terrain where about 97% of all Californian Redwoods grow, most of them between Leggett and the Oregonborder. Humboldt Redwoods State Park runs along both sides of the highway. Before this road was built the Avenue of the Giants - parallel to it - was the main route from Philipsville in the south to Pepperwood in the north.
Useful tips: Information All the information and brochures you require on the "Redwood Empire" in California can be obtained from the Redwood Empire Association, 1 Market Plaza, Spear Street Tower, San Francisco CA 94105.
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park, covering an area of 1,070,000 acres/434,000 hectares, begins in Crescent City and runs south for 46mi/74km, 30mi/48km of which border the Pacific coast. As well as the beautiful redwood trees, the park offers numerous walks and picnic-sites. The headquarters of the park are in Crescent City (corner of 2nd and K Street), where further information can be obtained.State ParksInside Redwood National Park, which was created in 1868, lie three State Parks, all on or near Highway 101: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The latter possesses the tallest redwoods; it lies about 33mi/53km south of Crescent City.AccommodationCrescent City, with its seven motels (about 300 rooms), offers adequate accommodation, whereas near the U.S. 101, also known as Redwood Highway, there is little to be found.
Address: 1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531-4123, United States
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Developed picnicking and camping areas: $5 per day. There are no entrance fees for Redwood National Park sites. There is a usage fee at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is located east of Crescent City and is one of three state parks located in Redwoods National Park. Visitors can enjoy a 10-mile scenic drive along Mill Creek and through old-growth redwoods or stop at Klamath River Overlook to watch the gray whale migration.
Humboldt CountyLocation and surroundingsGarberville lies near the exit from Highway 101, by the first redwood forest to be found south of Eureka, Richardson Grove State Park. It is only a few miles from the southern end of the Avenue of the Giants, the old motorway to Eureka. This runs parallel to the U.S. 101, and crosses a 33mi/52km-long redwood area, including, for example, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 15mi/25km north of Garberville. Thanks to its location and its variety of hotels, motels and restaurants, Garberville is an ideal base for trips into the surrounding redwood groves.
The Tsurai (Cher-eye) Indians discovered Trinidad more than 350 years ago. A Portuguese sea captain, Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeno, discovered the bay in 1595. Then it was discovered by the Spanish captains Hezeta and Bodega, who anchored here June 9, 1775; they named the port La Santisima Trinidad. Gold-seekers from all over the world used Trinidad as a supply port for mines on the Klamath, Trinity, and Salmon Rivers.
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach is located just north of Trinidad, tucked away in a secluded cover. Noted as a prime fishing spot, the beach is reached after a half-mile hike through the woods and past seasonal wildflowers. Trinidad State Beach has three miles of hiking trails, a picnic area and is at its best during low tide!
Humboldt State Marine Lab and Aquarium
There are a circulating seawater system, lecture rooms and labs at the 16,200 square foot Humboldt State Marine Lab and Aquarium in Trinidad. The lab overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can see displays of marine science.
Address: 570 Ewing Street, Trinidad, CA 95570, United States
Opening hours: May 16 to Sep 9: 9am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Sep 10 to May 15: 9am-4:30pm; Sun: 12pm-4pm; Sat: 12pm-4pm
Sep 10 to May 15: 9am-4:30pm; Sun: 12pm-4pm; Sat: 12pm-4pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $2.00
Useful tips: All tours are by appointment only, including self-guided tours.
Patrick's Point State Park
Patrick's Point State Park is located on 632 acres on U.S. 101. Noted for its sandy beach, hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, native plant garden, visitor center, and three family campgrounds.
Address: 4150 Patrick's Point Drive, Trinidad, CA 95570-9710, United States
Opening hours: 6am-8am
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 61 $4.00
Useful tips: Prices per vehicle. Dogs: $1.00 A naturalist service is available in summer. Dogs restricted to beach and trails.
Trinidad Head Lighthouse
Confusion Hill, Piercy, California
Confusion Hill gets its name from its confused gravitational field where visitors experience contradictory optical and physical sensations. There are two seperate attractions; The World Famous Gravity House and The Mountain Train Ride.The 17-minute miniature train ride meanders through a redwood forest. At the top of the hill sits a logging museum.
World Famous Tree House
The World Famous Tree House lies inside a 4,000-year-old living tree which is 250-feet high, 33 feet in diameter and 101.5-feet in circumference. The room is built inside the tree.
Fortuna (pop. 8,788) is located 14mi/23km south of Eureka. It was established in 1875.
Fortuna Depot Museum
Located in a refurbished 1893 depot building, the Fortuna Depot Museum in Rohner Park contains displays of local history, railroad and fishing artifacts as well as barbed wire sculptures.
Chapman's Gem and Mineral Shop and Museum
Chapman's Gem and Mineral Shop and Museum has fossils, minerals, gems, petrified woods and American Indian artifacts on display.
Healdsburg (pop. 9,469) is located 14mi/23km northwest of Santa Rosa. The town was founded in 1867 and was at one time a part of the Sotoyome Ranch.
The Healdsburg Museum is located in a refurbished Carnegie Library building and features displays of the county's history including firearms, clothing and crafts. Photographs related to northern Sonoma County history are also part of the collection.
Russian River Adventures
Russian River Adventures offers guided canoe and rafting tours. Paddle the inflatable tube canoes, play on the rope swings or enjoy a dip in the many swimming holes along the tour. A variety of wildlife will be encountered as well including egrets, heron, osprey, kingfisher, ducks, and owls.
Leggett (pop. 200) is located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 101 and Scenic Route 1 at the southern end of the Humboldt redwoods.
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
The Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area began as a 40-acre campground in 1922 and has grown to encompass over 1,000 acres for hiking, fishing, camping and swimming. The park is named for Edward Ritter Hickey, a local lumberman, and the Standish family, who donated 500 acres in the 1950s, is located 1.5 miles north of Leggett on Highway 101.
Smithe Redwoods State Reserve
Drive-Thru Tree Park
Drive-Thru Tree Park in Leggett contains the famous Chandelier Tree which cars can drive through.
Scotia is located on U.S. Highway 101 between Fortuna and Weott. It is a company town owned by the Pacific Lumber Company.
Pacific Lumber Company Logging Museum
The Pacific Lumber Company Logging Museum in Scotia offers visitors a chance to see a redwood lumber mill. There are displays of the history of the timber industry. The museum shares the building with the Winema Theater, which is used for town meetings, graduation ceremonies and school plays.
Weott is located south of Scotia on U.S. Highway 101. The town has a visitor center for nearby Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
The Humboldt Redwoods State Park is situated on 50,000 acres on the Redwood Highway. It contains the world's tallest redwoods including the 362 foot Dyerville Giant Tree which was felled by a lightning storm in 1991. This tree is over 1,600 years old.
Address: Box 100, Weott, CA 95571-0100, United States
Useful tips: Winter rains (65 inches or more a year) keep visitation low. In the spring, wildflowers are an especially beautiful attraction. The colorful leaf displays make fall a nice time to visit as well.
Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a 33mi/53km stretch of highway along the Eel River. The highway runs parallel to U.S. Highway 101. Picnic sites and nature trails are plentiful.
Orick is located between Klamath and Trinidad on U.S. Highway 101.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park was set aside in the early 1920's as a 14,000 acre preserve of old growth redwood forests. The park offers visitors hiking, fishing and a plethora of wildlife. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has more than 70 miles of trails that wind among the tallest trees in the world.
Humboldt Lagoon State Park
The Humboldt Lagoon State Park has almost 2,000 acres of marshland featuring over 200 species of birds. It is located on U.S. Highway 101 south of Orick. If you bring your own boat you can explore the lagoon.
Fern Canyon Wild Elk Reserve
The Fern Canyon Wild Elk Reserve can be reached by a hike through a forest of old growth redwoods and Douglas firs with giant ferns.