- Located along the scenic Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park encompasses 52,000 acres, including over 17,000 acres of ancient old-growth coast redwood forest. The park includes the Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining contiguous old-growth coast redwood forest in the world. The trees here are thousands of years old and have never been logged. This forest is as pristine now as it was 100 years ago.
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Redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods SP
Recreation - Campers can choose from family campsites, environmental sites, trail sites, trail camps, a hike and bike camp, group and horse camps. Camping Information: Reservations can be made online or by calling the reservation number listed above.
Burlington Campground: 2 mi. S of Weott on Hwy. 254. 56 developed sites; trailers 24', campers 33', open all year.
Hidden Springs Campground: 1 mi. S of Myers Flat on Hwy. 254. 154 developed sites; trailers 24', campers 33'. Closed mid-October through mid-May.
Albee Creek Campground: 2 mi. N of Weott on Hwy. 101, then 5 mi. W on Mattole Rd. 39 developed sites; trailers 24', campers 33'. Closed October 1 through mid-May
Fees/costs/rates: Car campsites - off season $12, on season $16. Showers need quarters. Backpack, horse, environmental camps $9/night - on season, $7/ - off season, bicycle camps $3/person. Day-use $5/car. Senior citizens receive $2 discount on camping and $1 discount on day use. Facilities: 100+ miles of hiking, horse, nature & bicycle trails. Visitor center with exhibits and bookstore, auto tour, picnic areas, Avenue of the Giants, fishing, canoeing & swimming in the Eel River.
Special events/programs: Marathons in May & October, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, nature walks, campfire programs, Junior Ranger programs daily in summer season.
Summertime activities include over 100 miles of trails and gated patrol roads for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. There are short loop trails and longer backcountry trails. At the Founders Grove, you may take a self-guided one-half mile walk. There is also an Auto Tour which you may begin at either the north or the south end of the Avenue of the Giants. The south fork of the Eel River flows through the park and provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing and swimming.
Interpretive activities: During the summer, interpretive activities are offered daily. There are evening campfire programs, Junior Ranger programs for children ages 7 to 12 years, and nature walks led by park naturalists.
Climate - Dress for rain, especially November to May. Summer weather: Highs 70s to 90s. Lows 50s. Winter weather: Highs 50s to 60s. Lows 20s to 30s.
The park normally receives up to 65 inches of rainfall a year. Some areas of the park receive more rain. It can rain at any time of the year, but generally stops by June or July. Morning and evening fog in the summer keeps the temperature cool in the river basin. The fog usually burns off by noon. High temperatures in the summer can reach 100 degrees. In winter, it can snow, but this is not common. Most rainfall here occurs between October and May.
Fog and rain make this a favorable climate for the coast redwood trees to grow in. Some larger trees can transpire up to 500 gallons of water a day.
Campers should come prepared for all types of weather. It can be sunny and hot during the day and cool and foggy at night. Mosquitoes are plentiful in some areas of the park.
Humbolt Redwoods State Park is located 45 miles south of Eureka and 20 miles north of Garberville, along the Avenue of the Giants, near U.S. Highway 101.
These basic directions will get you to the central area of the park, including Burlington Campground, the Visitor Center, and Park Headquarters.
From the north: Take Highway 101 south to the Weott exit. Take the Weott exit and turn right onto Newton Road, which runs through town. The road ends at the intersection with the Avenue of the Giants. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center.
Mileage from Eureka: 45 miles
Mileage from Fortuna: 30 miles
From the south: From areas south of the park, take Highway 101 north to the Myers Flat exit. Turn right on the Avenue of the Giants and drive through the town. Drive 4.4 miles to the park Visitor Center.
Mileage from San Francisco: 232 miles
Mileage from Ukiah: 100 miles
Mileage from Garberville: 22 miles
From the east: Take either Highway 299 or Highway 20 west to Highway 101. Follow the above directions from there. Highway 36 is scenic, but is a very winding road and is not recommended for trailers or RVs.
Other options: There is an airport near McKinleyville, approximately 80 miles north of the park. Greyhound and Amtrak offer bus service to various Humboldt County locations. There are rental car agencies in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Fortuna, and Willits.