Avenue of the Giants Scenic Drive

EASY 16 reviews

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. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking, road biking, and scenic driving.

DISTANCE
31.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

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.

scenic driving
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

scenic driving
3 months ago

Beautiful and peaceful away from the road

scenic driving
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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!!

scenic driving
5 months ago

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.

scenic driving
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

6 months ago

This is an amazing drive no matter where you begin along the route! Great stops along the way to get out and explore.

6 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

Fantastic scenic drive

9 months ago

This drive is awesome, follows the river and the redwoods here are amazing!!!! With lots of cool stops along the way to explore

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

One of the prettiest drives anywhere around. When I was young it was the only highway there. My 1st memory of it was at the age of 10...

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

so cool to drive through, plenty of places to pull off and explore!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I loved the Avenue of the Giants. Its so calming driving between the tallest trees in the world. A great place to stop is the Immortal Tree, which is located at the end of the drive right before you get back onto the 101.