Updated: Sep 5
The Avenue of the Giants is in Humboldt County, California located near Eureka. It is known for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. The Avenue of the Giants is a 31-mile scenic drive that runs parallel to US Highway 101. The drive takes visitors through some of the most majestic redwood forests in the world, with towering trees that can reach up to 350 feet tall. Today's post will contain a little bit of history, attractions, food and accommodations nearby.
A little bit of history:
The area's history began millions of years ago when the coastal redwood trees started to grow along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. Over time, these forests were affected by climate change, shifting sea levels, and volcanic activity.
The first humans arrived in the area around 5,000 years ago, and the local Native American tribes depended on the redwood forests for food, shelter, and tools. When Europeans arrived in the area in the mid-19th century, they were initially attracted by the gold rush, but soon realized the value of the redwood forests for timber.
In the early 20th century, a group of conservationists led by John C. Merriam and Newton B. Drury worked to preserve the redwood forests and establish a park. In 1921, they succeeded in convincing the state of California to purchase a large parcel of land in the area, which became Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
The Avenue of the Giants was established in the 1920s as a scenic route through the park, and it quickly became a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Over the years, the park has been expanded, and today it covers over 50,000 acres, including some of the most iconic redwood groves in the world.
Today, the Avenue of the Giants is open year-round, and visitors can take a leisurely drive through the towering forest, stop at scenic overlooks and picnic areas, hike or bike on nearby trails, or camp overnight in one of the park's campgrounds.
Visitor Centers: There are several visitor centers along the Avenue of the Giants, including the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center and the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center. These centers offer maps, brochures, and information on hiking trails and other attractions in the area. There are some amazing things to look at in the visitor center, from fossils, taxidermy, to souvenir shopping.
Hiking Trails: There are a number of hiking trails that can be accessed from the Avenue of the Giants, ranging from short, easy walks to more challenging hikes. Some popular trails include the Founders Grove Nature Trail, the Women's Federation Grove Trail, and the Rockefeller Loop Trail.
Drive-Thru Trees: There are several places along the Avenue of the Giants where visitors can drive their cars through the trunk of a giant redwood tree. The Shrine Drive-Thru Tree and the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree are two popular examples. There are other drive thru trees in the area to the south also, and even as far south as Leggette.
Eel River: The Avenue of the Giants follows the course of the Eel River for much of its length, offering beautiful views of the river and surrounding countryside. Visitors can stop at various points along the way to fish, swim, or enjoy a picnic.
Lodging and Dining: There are a variety of lodging and dining options along the Avenue of the Giants, from campgrounds and RV parks to hotels and bed and breakfasts. There are also several restaurants and cafes that offer local cuisine and other fare.
Other attractions nearby include:
Redwood National and State Parks: This iconic park is home to some of the tallest trees in the world, with towering redwoods that can reach up to 350 feet tall. Visitors can hike, camp, or take a scenic drive through the park to marvel at the majestic trees and other natural wonders.
Lost Coast Trail: This challenging hiking trail winds along the coast and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and rugged coastline. The trail is remote and requires some advanced planning, but it's worth it for the stunning scenery.
Victorian Village of Ferndale: This picturesque town is known for its well-preserved Victorian architecture and charming downtown area. Visitors can stroll through the streets, shop at local boutiques, or grab a bite to eat at one of the town's many restaurants.
Trinidad State Beach: This beautiful beach is located just north of Eureka and offers stunning views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. Visitors can walk along the beach, watch for whales and other marine life, or enjoy a picnic in the sun.
Old Town Eureka: This historic district is home to dozens of Victorian-era buildings, as well as galleries, restaurants, and shops. Visitors can take a walking tour to learn about the history of the area and see some of its most iconic landmarks.
South on 101 there are also plenty of roadside stops to check out. They love Bigfoot here and it's fun to look at those shops. Buy some Bigfoot Poop Candy. lol
You could also drive south and jump on Route 1 at Legette CA and head to the beach (crazy curvy road, but the beach at Fort Bragg CA is amazing). It's just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Legette. Check out my other blog about Bandon here by clicking here. Legette CA is about an hour south of the last part of the Avenue of Giants. So, this area needs several days of exploration to see all the sights.
The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel: This hotel is located in Fortuna, just a short drive from the Avenue of the Giants. It offers comfortable rooms and suites, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary breakfast.
The Victorian Inn: Located in Ferndale, this charming bed and breakfast is housed in a restored Victorian-era building and offers cozy rooms and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Redcrest Resort: This campground and RV park is located on the banks of the Eel River and offers a range of accommodations, including cabins, RV sites, and tent sites. Amenities include a swimming pool, playground, and convenience store.
There are also plenty of hotels in Eureka, and if inclined Casino/hotels like Feather and Falls Casino and Lodging near Eureka. Also heading south on 101, south of the Avenue of Giants, there are plenty of campgrounds.
Pictures above are the cute tree house village at the Shrine Drive Thru Tree, more redwoods, and Roosevelt Elk (Fluffy Butt Beach Elk) that were near Eureka.
The Avenue Cafe: Located in Miranda, this cozy cafe offers homemade soups, sandwiches, burgers, and other American fare. The restaurant also has a selection of local beers and wines.
The Peg House: This casual restaurant and bar is located in Leggett and is a popular stop for those driving the Avenue of the Giants. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other pub fare, as well as a selection of beer and wine.
Ferndale Pizza Company: This pizza restaurant is located in Ferndale and offers a variety of pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. The restaurant also has a selection of beer and wine, as well as outdoor seating for those who want to dine al fresco.
Siren's Song Tavern: Located in Eureka, this restaurant and bar offers a range of seafood dishes, as well as burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The restaurant also has a selection of local beers and wines.
Every restaurant you could think of is in Eureka CA if you are choosing that as your home base to check out the Avenue of Giants.
Hope you enjoyed this little blog about the Avenue of Giants and the area surrounding. If you ever need any help planning a trip to this area, give me a yell. You can click the links below to learn more about the area if you are interested.
National Park Service (https://www.nps.gov/redw/learn/historyculture/index.htm)
Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association (https://www.humboldtredwoods.org/recreation/avenue-of-the-giants)