Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Central Avenue of the Giants
Humboldt Redwoods State Park California


The stretch of Highway 101 from Dyerville to Miranda contains many stretches of prime old growth redwoods, glimpses of the Eel River, and a few small towns. The old two lane Avenue of the Giants is designated the "scenic alternate" to the freeway and offers a drive in the shade of the trees with many places to stop. It is mostly within Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The park headquarters and two main campgrounds are here, at Burlington.

During the "Thousand Year Flood" of December 1964 the river rose over the highway, washed out all the bridges, and obliterated most of the towns. Stop in Weott and look at the flood level marker on what until then had been the main street of the town. Now look up - 23 feet. The river is across a meadow and scattered trees - fifty feet lower. The town was rebuilt upslope in what is known as Weott Heights.



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The Avenue of the Giants at the Dungan Grove near Myers Flat

(June 24, 2010)


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The town of Weott was literally washed away in the flood of 1964, the water level shown by the top of this sign (look up)

(June 24, 2010)


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Huge redwood stumps in the Burlington Campground at Humboldt Redwoods

(June 23, 2010)


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The Eel River at the Native Daughters of the Golden West Grove

(July 15, 2011)


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Eagle Point Bridge, actually a sidehill viaduct, carries Highway 101 past a steep forested slope high above the South Fork of the Eel River

(June 23, 2010)


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A characteristic CCC-built trail along the Eel River at Eagle Point

(June 23, 2010)


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A deep pool on the South Fork Eel River at Eagle Point

(June 23, 2010)


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The Nelson Grove was saved from logging then saved again from road straightening then saved again from freeway construction

(June 23, 2010)


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A stretch of the original Avenue of the Giants in the Nelson Grove, bypassed by road straightening in the 1940's

(June 23, 2010)


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Along the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods, California

(August 6, 2008)


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Early morning on the Eel River in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

(August 6, 2008)


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