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Avenue of the Giants Scenic Drive is a 31.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Phillipsville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving.

Length 31.3 mi Elevation gain 1,833 ft Route type Point to Point
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Road biking Scenic driving Forest Paved Views Wildlife No dogs
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Drive through giant redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses 53,000 acres of forests, meadows, and watersheds and about 100 miles of hiking, biking, and 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.

Humblodt Redwoods State Park http://humboldtredwoods.org/

Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted on trails. Camp only in designated campgrounds. The southern entrance to the Avenue is just north of Garberville, and the northern entrance is south of Fortuna.

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Chuck Croft
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Sir Taylor
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Majestic Redwood awe inspiring

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N G
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beautiful drive with lots of trails alongside it

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Blake Riley
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Scenic driving

7/29/20: If you are in the area and don’t have time for Redwoods NP, this is a great alternative. Beautiful drive and you don’t even need to get out of your vehicle to see massive Redwoods. Definitely worth getting off the 101 and slowing down for a bit.

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travisnielsen User
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Great scenic drive with ample easy and short walks into several giant redwood groves along the way.

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Dee Fret
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Douglas Sears
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Scenic driving

if you are anywhere close, you should be sure to include this in your travels

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CC Cook
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Really should plan for a full day trip here. BEAUTIFUL PLACE!

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Daniel Lichtenstein
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Drive not a hike. Great if you’re on your way around the area.

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Mia Prati
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive through some amazing trees! If you can start at the southern end, I think the northern end is prettier. I only wish that there were more hikes associated with the eight stops. We made it work with a special stop at Founders Grove and made a loop with the Mahan trail as well as the trail with stop #8 (Drury Chaney trail), but if you want more I’d look into stopping for a more substantial hike elsewhere in the park.

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Shane Silvey
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Scenic driving

This road offers views of giant redwoods.

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Gretchen Heidel
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AMAZING drive! It is crazy how close some of the trees are! You can reach out and touch some of them from your car! I could drive this everyday and never grow tired of it!

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Tina Nguyen
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Very green and pretty

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Jessica Jessica Lowery
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Scenic driving

A beautiful drive with stunning trees. Multiple places to pull over and hike or take pictures.

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Brandon Ashlock
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By far my favorite stretch of road I've ever been on, ever!

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Andrew Giesbrecht
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awesome scenery, i wouldn't stop at the Shrine drive thru tree again tho

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John Moore
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Scenic driving

Spectacular scenery

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AllTrails User
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lots of big Redwoods and easy pull outs if you want to drive slower and enjoy. black errors on the side of the road near the top, and a few trail heads. great scenic drive. for even more break off down Mattole Road and there is a lovely loop a mile before Albee campground

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Liz Garcia
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Scenic driving

Breathtaking drive!

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Travis Booker
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beautiful drive, great easy hiking trails to do with family and little ones.

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Karina Drew
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Scenic driving

LOTS of interesting stops along the way! Make sure to stop at Shrine's drive thru tree.

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David Lawson
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Scenic driving

Its a must..... gotta do it!!!

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Kirsten Chesney
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Scenic driving

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.

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Mary Huang
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Scenic driving

Beautiful and peaceful away from the road

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Cyndi Culbreth
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Scenic driving

Of course you should take this drive! There are many spots to pull over and wander through the redwood groves. The Eel River flows behind the groves and can be accessed by a quick walk through the woods. We spent most of a day driving, stopping, looking, photographing, and hiking. It was well worth it.

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Jason Johnson
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Much more impressive than I imagined it would be. I always wanted to witness the Redwoods since I was a kid in Texas thumbing through encyclopedias looking at pictures of them. Was sad to leave this area when it was time to go. Awesome!!

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Tawnee Weston
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Scenic driving

Gorgeous drive. It's well worth your time to drive through all the giants regardless of how much time you spend camping and hiking around. Truly impressive.

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Brian Krulish
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Scenic driving

Words can't describe the beauty of this drive....many trails are accessible right off the road. My happy place!!

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