Explore the Avenue of the Giants
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Take a drive on this 31 mile scenic highway surrounded by giant redwood treesExplore the hiking trails in the redwood groves that are marked along the highwaySwim 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.
- Swim suit
- Fishing pole
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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.
I had a great time exploring the Avenue of the Giants. Unfortunately, it was raining, so most of the time I was just in my car, but driving through these enormous trees was great! If you like listening to music/audiobooks/podcasts and just driving, this is a great adventure. The drive up to this area was also a great one, mountains, more trees, state parks, little tourists traps. I had a great time!
Avenue of the Giants is pretty amazing and very easy to access. I love the variety of the different groves along the avenue and the park is very well kept. Huge variety of hiking, strolling, swimming/tubing, fishing, and even climbing trees if that's your thing! There are usually alot of tourists in the area during the afternoons so morning is usually best (lighting too). Please do not bring your pups as they are not allowed on the trails. Some of my favorite groves on the avenue include 1) Grieg French Bell Grove, 2) Women's Federation Grove, 3) Bull Creek Flats/Big Trees, & 4) Rockefeller Grove
A magical place indeed
If you are one who has a huge respect for trees - this is especially such a beautiful place. Never have I felt so small amongst these wise giants. There are tons of pull-offs to pick from so chances are you can find a nice dose of solitude on the various trails / off-shoots. If you get a second - learn about the roots of the Redwood trees. It's beautiful that they are interconnected with one another and support each other.
The Avenue of the Giants is a must for any forest enthusiast! I recommend stopping at Founders Grove for a nice easy mile hike that takes you on a mini educational tour through the most amazing grove of redwoods in the world! After your hike head back south on the Avenue to Miranda and enjoy some great pizza and snacks at the Miranda Cafe.
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