Destination: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA
Length of Stay: 2 Nights (August 2018)
Lodging: River's Edge RV Park ($40 Water/Electric | $50 Full Hookup)
Avenue of the Giants is a must do if you’re any where near Redwoods National Park or Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Let me just start by saying we’ve all seen trees. Unless you live under a rock. But you’ve never… in your wildest dreams seen trees THIS old, tall and wide. Yes, wide. We visited the “The Giant Tree” which was 17 feet in diameter and pushing a circumference of 53 feet!
We camped at Rivers Edge RV Park which is right on the coast of Humboldt State Park. A husband a wife own the campground and were all-around really friendly people and super accommodating. Avenue of the Giants Northern Entrance was only ten minutes from the campground. There’s only two entrances, the North or the South. We went North to South and drove along the coast for a little bit before entering the 31 mile stretch of Alice in Wonderland-like immersion.
You’re able to purchase a Redwood sapling or Giant Sequoia if you’re a crazy plant lady like me. Mine is two years old and is about 6 inches tall. He will grow to have a diameter of 36 feet and live to be 3,000 years old. I expected Avenue of the Giants to be a road surrounded by massive trees and was surprised to see that there was actually stops along the way. We stumbled across the worlds cutest farm, Flood Plain Produce, and allowed blackberry popsicle to drip down our finger tips as the family's dog gave us a personal tour. The owner explained her daughter had just gotten married on the farm the past weekend, as we walked throw rows and rows of (again Alice in Wonderland sized) cabbages, kale, sunflowers and butterflies fluttered all around us. It was truly magical.
Further down the avenue, we stopped to see the “The Eternal Treehouse.” It’s worth seeing and signing the visitor’s log, but the real gem is the woman who works inside the gift shop next to the cafe. She gave us a map of the avenue and circled all the spots we had to hit. I got my sapling from her and we were on our way. We drove to see “The Giant Tree” and the “Flat Iron” and did the quick walking path in the woods between the two. Next, we drove to Myers Flat to see the famous tree that you can drive through. Fun fact: the truck did not fit and yes we scratched the paint on the bumper trying. Wouldn’t recommend you do it in your rental. We reached the Southern end and took the 101 back to the campsite. We’d recommend going at sunset… your instagram fans will love the lighting 😉 enjoy all that oxygen, my hippies!