Explore the Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

Take a drive on this 31 mile scenic highway surrounded by giant redwood trees. Explore the hiking trails in the redwood groves that are marked along the highway. Swim and fish in the Eel River that is easily accessible from the hiking trails.

The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic 31 mile long highway that is surrounded by 51,222 acres of giant redwood trees in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This road offers amazing views of the redwoods. The Avenue of the Giants runs through many small towns that offer tons of tourist attractions.

The pull offs along the road allow easy access to many different hiking trails. Hiking amongst the giants is an amazing experience. There are many different trails that will lead you to various swimming holes and fishing spots along the Eel River.

During the summer months be sure to visit the Avenue of the Giants early in the morning, due to the high volume of visitors during the day.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Swim suit
  • Fishing pole
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Activities Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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Amazing!

We stayed at Burlington Campground for a few nights and were able to do some of the shorter hikes in the area. This place is breathtaking!

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Avenue of the Giants lives up to its name. Don't just drive through like a lazy ass, though. Pull off near a trailhead and hike. You can't get the same feel for the immense size of the trees unless you're surrounded by them. Also, watch out for Bigfoot. S/He lurks in the mist...

One of America's Classic Road Trips

Avenue of the Giants is something you must do before you die. It has tens of thousands of old growth redwoods lining each side of the highway, and best of all, they are protected by Humboldt Redwoods State Park. You will see so many redwoods that you'll want to get out and stop every mile to take more photographs. Do it! It's worth it.


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