Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Richardson Grove State Park
South Fork of the Eel River California


At Richardson Grove Highway 101 abruptly narrows, the speed limit drops, and suddenly you drive into the semi-darkness of an old-growth redwood grove. In places the big trees are right up against the pavement, to the chagrin of the truck drivers who blast through as fast as they can.

Richardson Grove is unfortunately impacted by the highway (steep slopes all around make a bypass difficult) but it is worth stopping. If you are heading north this is the first really prime grove directly on the highway, so take a look around. The alluvial flat redwood grove is impressive, and there are also hiking trails, a nature trail, river access, a visitor center, and a campground.



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At Richardson Grove Highway 101 plunges into the deep green shade of old growth redwood, forced traffic to slow

(June 23, 2010)


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Trucking interests resent the restrictions on speed and truck length as Highway 101 passes through Richardson Grove and are demanding that the road be straightened

(June 23, 2010)


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The lodge at Richardson Grove, now the visitor center, was built in the 1930's by the CCC

(June 23, 2010)


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Beautiful old growth redwood at Richardson Grove State Park

(June 23, 2010)


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The South Fork of the Eel River runs right through Richardson Grove State Park

(June 23, 2010)


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