“Redwood Highway” may seem a misnomer at the beginning of the legendary byway, but within a few short miles south and eventually, northeast of Scopa at the Sea, Giant Redwoods beckon visitors out of their vehicles at Howland Hill Road. This short drive provides access to numerous local destinations including trail heads and pull-outs. Visitors can enjoy an intimate encounter with old-growth redwoods on Boy Scout Tree Trail as well as the entry to Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park.
The iconic Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park overwhelms with a protected space of nearly 10,000 acres of behemoth Redwoods. Seemingly countless miles of accessible trails wind through Jedidiah-Smith Park to offer an even closer look at the majestic setting. The Smith River travels through the center of the Park offering another layer of texture and tone to the already stimulating setting. Stout Memorial Grove is home to the tallest redwood within the Park boundaries. The iconic tree towers at 340 feet in height and 22 feet in diameter. While most roads within the Park are sometimes narrow and paved, unpaved alternative routes are also often open to visitors.
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Scopa at the Sea guests often comment on travel through the commercial venue, “Trees of Mystery” or Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park as well as Humboldt Lagoon State Park, south on U.S.-101. Considered a side-trip before heading to Avenue of the Giants, hiking options are plentiful through old-growth groves with evidence of regional wildlife in view. Humboldt Lagoon State Park offers marshland habitat that supports an impressive variety of plants and birds.
The much touted Avenue of the Giants lives up to its name as 33 miles of roadway within the Humboldt Redwoods State Park provides access to California’s third-largest State Park. At 17,000 acres, it is the most expansive home to old-growth virgin redwood forest in the world and the infamous, “Drive Through Tree.” Designated nature hikes, picnic sites and camp locations are plentiful within the cool shadows of this ancient redwood forest. There are also countless spots from which visitors can access the Eel River for fishing, swimming and other water activities. Multiple small communities dot the roadway along this section of the Redwood Forest and are well-worth a visit.
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