About halfway along the Avenue of the
Giants is the park visitor center, near the village of Weott. This is a natural starting place for a full
exploration of the park. There are interpretive exhibits
-- outside and inside -- and a full range of information,
including trail maps, guided walks, junior programs and
At the south end of the park is the Chimney Tree. A campfire accident in 1914 started
a fire in a great redwood. The fire continued to burn
inside the tree until the entire interior of the trunk
was burned. The tree's top was torn off by a windstorm,
exposing the "chimney."
Many of the memorial groves throughout the
park are in memory of the organizations that raised money
to aid the "Save the Redwoods League," which from 1918
purchased forest land from lumber companies and other
local owners to create the park. Founder's Grove,
north of Weott, has its own parking lot with a short
trail from the foot of the "Founder's Tree." There
are self-guiding brochures available for the trail that
passes the Dyerville Giant and other notable
The Rockefeller Forest has been
called the nation's finest forest by environmentalists.
Its 13,000 acres extend for five miles west of the Avenue
of the Giants. Take the road across from Founder's Grove
to a parking lot at Bull Creek, which gives access to a
pleasant walk beside the creek. Farther north along the
Avenue of the Giants is Redcrest, a small village
where you will find the Eternal Tree (about 70
feet around) and the Immortal Tree.
The park visitor center is near the Burlington Campground, on the Avenue of the Giants.
You'll find environmental campsites -- primitive walk-in
tenting sites where the camper leaves no trace of his or
her stay. These are in addition to large family
campgrounds. Most travelers who have experienced the full
effect of the forest say that camping in the dark
interior is the only way to truly appreciate the wonder
and mystery of the ancient redwoods.
The campgrounds are always full for the
whole summer period, and those intending to camp in the
park must reserve their site at least eight weeks in
advance by phoning 800-444-PARK.
For more information on this region
Redwood Coast, Humboldt
Redwoods State Park,
Lost Coast, and Garberville
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