North America, United States
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located along the Eel River in California, is known for having one of the most impressive collections of ancient redwood trees in the world.
The park has an area of over 53,000 acres, of which 17,000 are covered by redwood trees. These majestic plants were almost lost to the world back in the early 1900s when a combination of the strong economy and the building of the Redwood Highway led to heavy logging in the region. Fortunately this destruction was witnessed by three scientists who then formed the Save-the-Redwoods League which succeeded in raising vast amounts of money to build and expand Humboldt Redwoods State Park and thus protect the trees. Notable donors to the park include John D. Rockefeller who donated an incredible $1 million to purchase the areas of Bull Creek Flats and the Founders' Grove, and who today has a forest within the park named for him.
There’s a chance that a park dedicated to trees may not instantly appeal to everybody, but we assure you that the sight of hundreds of these magnificent trees towering over you is an awe inspiring one! The park is also an extremely visitor friendly place – within its grounds are over 250 campsites as well as an excellent visitor centre. The 100 miles of hiking, cycling and horse riding trails in addition to boating, fishing and swimming on the South Fork Eel River make Humboldt a fantastic place to spend some time outdoors! Perhaps its biggest attraction, however, is the Avenue of the Giants. This 32 mile long road is a part of the old Highway 101 and it enables visitors to see a display of some of the most spectacular redwoods the park has to offer. One popular stop along the avenue is the Founders’ Grove which is located at the confluence of Bull Creek and the Eel River and which contains the fallen 362-foot tall Dyerville Giant!
Humboldt Redwood States Park is open year round and has a range of recreational activities occurring through all seasons. Visitors planning on spending the night here are recommended to reserve their camping spot in advance to avoid any potential disappointment.
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