Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Upper South Fork of the Eel River
Redwood Highway in Mendocino County California


My favorite two "tourist traps" on the old Redwood Highway are both at the south end of the South Fork Eel River canyon near Leggett. And both feature actual living redwoods, remarkable specimens despite the hoopla.

The Tree House is a fire-hollowed redwood in good health, modified with windows, doors, and a floor to make "the tallest one room building in the world" according to Ripleys Believe It or Not.

Off the main highway at Hollow Tree Road is a small private grove featuring the Chandelier Tree. This is one of three "drive-through" trees along the Redwood Highway, and by far the best. If you really must have a picture of your car inside a massive tree, this is the place.



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The "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" Tree House tourist attraction on the Redwood Highway

(June 22, 2010)


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Inside the single room in a hollow redwood tree at the Tree House on the Redwood Highway

(June 22, 2010)


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A wheelchair accessible campsite at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area

(June 23, 2010)


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Normally a summer bridge crosses the South Fork of the Eel River here to reach the campground on the far side

(June 23, 2010)


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Southernmost of the Redwood Highway tourist attractions, the Chandelier Drive-Through Tree remains popular

(June 23, 2010)


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Many visitors to the redwoods want a photograph of themselves and their vehicle driving through a tree, such as here at the Chandelier Drive -Through Tree

(June 23, 2010)


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