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1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highway 101, California's North Coast

California State Parks
Management Unit:
North Coast Redwoods District
P.O. Box 100
Weott, CA 95571
(707) 946-2409

 
Amenities:
  • Site Fee
  • Fishing
  • Water
  • Canoeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Tent Camping
  • Group Camping
  • Interpretive Auto Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • River Access
  • Shower Facility
  • Interpretive Trail
Description:
The Sinkyone Indians, who lived in this region for thousands of years, had relatively little impact on the redwood forest. They were hunters and gatherers for whom salmon and tanoak acorns were staples. Redwood planks were used for housing. Redwood root fibers were used for basket making. Redwood logs were used to make canoes. As elsewhere in California, the gold rush changed their way of life forever.

Beginning in 1850, many non-native people began to pass through and settle in the area. They established homesteads, built railroads, and developed large-scale logging operations to harvest the trees.

In 1917, the organizers of the Save-the-Redwoods League visited the area and saw that the magnificent redwood forests of this area would be lost within a few years unless something was done to save them. Their concern and foresight led to the creation of the League in 1918. Through their efforts, the first acres were purchased, legislation was established that led to the development of a statewide system of parks, and the first state park bond act provided $6 million in matching funds for the acquisition of additional redwood forest lands.

Today, Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes more than 53,000 acres, offering magnificent groves of old-growth coast redwoods. The park offers: more than 100 miles of hiking trails; fishing canoeing and swimming in the Eel River; family, group, horse, bicycle and backpack camps; a visitor center with exhibits and bookstore; scenic drives; and seasonal interpretive programs such as campfires, nature walks, and Junior Ranger programs.

There are three campgrounds offering 250 campsites that can accommodate tents, up to 24' trailers and 33' motor homes. Burlington Campground is open-year round - reservable May-September. Albee Creek and Hidden Springs Campgrounds are open mid-May through mid-September. There are no hook-ups in any of the campgrounds. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 444-7275.

How to Get There:
45 miles south of Eureka and 20 miles north of Garberville along Hwy. 101, and the Avenue of the Giants

 

Tips:
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.

Reservations/permits: Recommended for family & group car camps during summer season. (800) 444-7275. Not available during rest of year. Backpack, environmental & bicycle camps are first come-first all year.

Basic visit recommendations: Stop in the visitor center for exhibits, books and directions. Visit Founders Grove and drive along the Avenue of the Giants.

Special events/programs: Marathons in May & October, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, nature walks, campfire programs.

Adjacent visitor attractions: Benbow Lake SRA, Richardson Grove S.P. to the south. Victorian Village of Ferndale, Ft. Humboldt S.P. and the Pacific Lumber Co. mill tour at Scotia to the north.