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Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located 45 miles south of Eureka and 20 miles north of Garberville off of Highway 101, encompasses nearly 53,000 acres, of which over 17,000 are untouched old growth coast redwoods. Created in 1921 with the small Bolling Memorial Grove the park has grown over the years to include a diverse ecosystem including the entire Bull Creek watershed and the Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old growth redwood forest in the world. This is the third largest California State Park and protects an environment unique to anywhere else on earth. A wide variety of activities and facilities are available. There are over 250 family campsites in three different campgrounds, plus environmental camps, group camps, trail camps, and a horse camp. Over 100 miles of trail await exploration by hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The South Fork Eel River provides fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities, and there are many day use areas for picnicking, family activities, or for just enjoying the pristine environment. Some favorite locations include the Founders Grove Nature Trail, the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, and the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center. The Visitor Center offers a wide variety of fun and educational exhibits and activities, including a theatre, displays, a bookstore, and the famous Kellogg Travel Log. Auto Tour brochures are available at either end of the Avenue of the Giants and at the Visitor Center. During the summer season interpretive activities including nature walks, Junior Ranger programs, and campfire programs are held daily. Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the location of two marathons that occur within the first three weekends of May and October every year. These marathons close two of the main roads through the park for up to 6 hours. For more information or dates of these events, please call the park.

No drive up the California coast would be complete without driving (and ideally hiking) through Avenue of the Giants. There aren't words or pictures that can grasp the magnitude of these trees and the utter silence that falls in the forest as soon as you step off the road. These giants seem to live in a world all their own, casting a spell over anyone who wanders through them. What a delightful drive in a serene little corner of the world.

Easy little meandering trail. Lots of poison oak this time of year.

The Redwoods were amazing here. There was a pretty stream right next to it.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is absolutely beautiful- I highly recommend it! We only passed maybe 4 other people while out on the loop- very quiet and peaceful. Mixed terrain was nice. The only tricky part is the signs are not very clear. It was a little confusing getting off the Big Trees Loop trail and onto the Bull Creek Trail South (we somehow hiked toward the horse farm for a bit). Just make sure to only take the one trail that is well marked "bull creek trail south." We parked at Blue Slide Day use area and hiked the loop starting west.