Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

California

(707) 946-2409

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Overview

Humboldt Redwoods State Park 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.

Map of Humboldt Redwoods (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.307528, -123.909413

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Activities

  • Boating

    Summer flows are usually too low for boating but springtime brings great opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Because the river flow changes radically depending on recent rainfall it can be hard to plan ahead. High flows combined with woody debris in the river can be hazardous - determine river conditions before starting out and make sure your skills are appropriate to current conditions.

  • Bird Watching

    The massive trees and lush green undergrowth provide excellent habitat for a variety of birds.

  • Bicycling

    For those mountain bikers looking for a real challenge Humboldt Redwoods has plenty! All trails designated as Multi Use Trails (M.U.T.) and all roads are open to mountain bikes, making for well over 75 miles of riding. Creative mountain bikers can pack their camping gear and stay at any of the five trail camps in the park. Currently the only single-track open to mountain bikes is Thornton M.U.T., and those sections of park designated as wilderness are off-limits to all mechanical transportation. To avoid resource damage in this one-of-a-kind environment please stay off trails not designated as open to bicycles, and exercise caution when riding after rainfall to avoid trail damage.

    For road bikes the Avenue of the Giants and the Mattole Road offer level riding over paved surfaces through the magnificent forest. Please remember that these roads are narrow and twisting - use caution.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour is a 32 mile, eight stop tour through the heart of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Brochures are available at the north and south ends of the Avenue, and at the Visitor Center. If you only have a few hours to spend in the park this is a great way to hit some of the highlights, and will probably make you want to come back for a longer stay.

  • Camping

    Humboldt Redwoods State Park offers a wide variety of camping experiences. Family campsites provide a picnic table and fire ring. Drinking water, flush toilets and hot pay showers are nearby. There are no RV dump stations in the park - the nearest dump stations are at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area to the south (summer only) and in the city of Fortuna to the north. No sites offer RV hookups.

    In summer months reservations are strongly recommended. Camping fees are for one vehicle and one legally towed vehicle. Additional vehicles will be charged a fee at the park. Please note and honor the maximum amount of vehicles allowed for each campsite (available when you make your reservation). All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking spur.

    All of the campgrounds, especially Albee Creek, Cuneo Creek, Baxter, Hamilton Barn, and the trail camps, are located in bear country. It is the visitor's responsibility to properly store food and all scented items at all times.

  • Fishing

    Fishing for salmon and steelhead is a popular activity at certain times of year. Fishing is allowed on the South Fork and Main Stem of the Eel subject to California Department of Fish and Game regulations. There is no fishing in any tributary stream, and all fishing is catch-and-release.

  • Hiking

    The park contains several walking and hiking trails. Some are flat and easy hikes, while others are strenuous. The park has over 100 miles of trails.

    From the Avenue of the Giants, there's easy access to a many short trails into the redwoods. Favorites include Children's Forest Loop Trail, Founders Grove Trail, Drury-Chaney Trail, Franklin K. Lane Grove Trail.

    Ask at a visitor center for a complete list of trails.

  • Historic Sites

    The 32 mile parkway, the parallel scenic alternate to Highway 101, runs the length of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This park was one of California's first to be preserved when the state park system was established in the 1920s. Today it protects about one-eighth of all remaining old-growth coast redwoods.

    Just off the Avenue of the Giants in Weott is the park visitor center. Stop to pick up maps, inquire about trail conditions and check out the nature exhibits, including an excellent one about the importance of ancient forests. There is also a theatre, a wonderful bookstore, and the Kellogg Travel Log, a 1920s era motor home with a body carved entirely from one single redwood log! Ask at the visitor center for information about ranger-led programs.

  • Horseback Riding

    Whether you have come to camp at Cuneo Creek Horse Camp or have just brought your horse for the day, Humboldt Redwoods has over 80 miles of trail open for riding. Good staging areas include Cuneo Creek Horse Camp (day use fee charged), the Old Mill Site (Mattole Road 5.3 miles west of Ave. of the Giants), and Blue Slide Day Use Area (Mattole Road 3.9 miles west of Ave. of the Giants). Currently there are no horse rentals available in the park. Please remember to avoid resource damage in this one-of-a-kind environment by staying off trails not designated as open to equestrians, and exercise caution when riding after rainfall to avoid trail damage.

  • Picnicking

    There are several spots to picnic in the park.

  • Water Sports

    During the summer when temperatures climb nothing is as refreshing as a cool dip in the river. Good swimming holes are located at, amongst others, Lansdale Bar, Eagle Point (near Hidden Springs Campground), Williams Grove, Garden Club of America Grove, Gould Bar, and Leatherwood Bar. Humboldt Redwoods State Park does not provide lifeguard service - please use caution near the water. Though the water may look calm it has claimed lives in the past - be careful! In late summer the river often has blooms of blue-green algae, which can be hazardous and even fatal if ingested by pets or small children - when the river flow is low check for algae warnings.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The park is home to a healthy population of black bears. Most of the bears are in the backcountry and the upper Bull Creek watershed. Mountain lions also live in the park, but they are rarely seen. Also keep an eye out for the elusive banana slug, which often emerges after rain.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer: Highs in the 70s to 90s, lows in the 50s. Winter: Highs in the 50s to 60s, lows in the 20s to 30s.

Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather. The park receives between 60 and 80 inches of rain per year, the vast majority of which falls between October and May. Rain in the summer season is unusual, but does occur. In the summer there is often morning fog which usually burns off by noon at the very latest. Summer temperatures can vary widely - there can be as much as a 30 degree temperature difference between the extreme north end of the park, closer to the ocean, and the southern end of the park, just 30 miles away. Winter snow is unusual but does occur at the higher elevations in the park, usually above 2000 feet. Layered clothing is recommended at any time of year.

Park Partners

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association (HRIA) plays a significant role in the interpretation of Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California's largest redwood state park. The park features the world's tallest trees along the Avenue of the Giants and has many miles of trails and a scenic highway.

The success of the association is directly related to its membership and endowment programs. Funds raised through these and other activities enable HRIA to develop displays, purchase equipment, sponsor research, publish interpretive literature, and also to support the expansion of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center and its quality exhibits.

(707) 946-2263

Directions

Driving

Park headquarters and the Visitor Center are located on the Avenue of the Giants, State Route 254, between the towns of Weott and Myers Flat. This is 45 miles south of Eureka and 20 miles north of Garberville off of Highway 101. Weott is 228 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. The 32 mile long Avenue of the Giants runs roughly parallel to Highway 101 from Phillipsville in the south to Pepperwood in the north.

Flying

The closest major airport to Humboldt Redwoods SP is Sacramento International Airport, approximately 166 miles away. From there, car rental services are available. For more information, call 916-929-5411.

Public Transportation

Humboldt Transit Authority offers public transportation along the northern California coast. For more information on scheduling and fares, call 707-443-0826.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(707) 946-2409

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