Avenue of the Giants Scenic Drive

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

Distance: 31.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,833 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving






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.

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

scenic driving
5 months ago

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.

scenic driving
6 months ago

This road offers views of giant redwoods.

7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Very green and pretty

scenic driving
11 months ago

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

Thu Jan 17 2019

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

Sat Jan 05 2019

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

Thu Aug 09 2018

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

scenic driving
Mon May 21 2018

Breathtaking drive!

Mon Apr 09 2018

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

scenic driving
Sun Jan 28 2018

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

scenic driving
Wed Nov 29 2017

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

scenic driving
Tue Oct 10 2017

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.

scenic driving
Wed Aug 02 2017

Beautiful and peaceful away from the road

scenic driving
Sun Jul 30 2017

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.

Tue Jun 27 2017

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
Tue Jun 20 2017

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
Mon Jun 12 2017

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

Wed May 17 2017

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

scenic driving
Wed Apr 12 2017

Fantastic scenic drive

Tue Feb 14 2017

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
Tue Oct 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...

Wed Sep 07 2016

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

Mon Dec 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.

scenic driving
Tue Jul 25 2006

Very scenic. Amazing trees

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