- Auto Tour
- On the Avenue
If going south on Hwy 101, Pepperwood is the first stop on your journey. Needless-to-say, going north would make Pepperwood your last stop. Now doesn't that make you sad? You can turn around and do the journey again or go forward to see what other adventures await in the Redwood Region.
In 1955, The Big Flood swept over the plain and in Pepperwood, wiped out stores, a school, gas stations, a church, and much more. Then Pepperwood was hit with another flood in 1964 that took out all that remained. Although there are no services, and isn't a 'town' any longer, there is a collection of residents who love their community. Many of these residents own and operate road-side produce stands. With the rich soil and great weather, the produce is terrific! You can catch them mostly in spring and summer along the Avenue of the Giants. Pick up some snacks for your journey.
Don't forget to stop at the Pepperwood Hwy 101 exit for a free Auto Tour booklet of the Avenue.
Redcrest made its debut as a town in 1919. It was nothing more than a logging camp at the time. This fair little town is reminiscent of a 1952 movie starring Kirk Douglas named, "The Big Trees" set in the heart of the redwoods in the early 1900's featuring the events of a logging town.
Because of its location atop a hillside, Redcrest survived both the flood in 1955 and 1964, while other towns in the surrounding area suffered much damage.
True to its roots (pun intended), Redcrest had an operating saw mill that employed over 100 people (Eel River Sawmills) until recently. It struggled to stay open from the late 1990's to early 2000. April 2004, the sawmill auctioned off its property.
When in the area, don't miss the popular Eternal Tree, which is a 20-foot room in a living redwood. We encourage you to sign the guest book. The Immortal Tree stands near Redcrest and has overcome floods, fires, lightning strikes, and even the attempt of logger's to fall it.
Weott use to be a mover and shak... well, just a mover. I say this because it straddled the Avenue but the 1964 flood devastated the town and completely washed it (and several others) away. It was time to relocate and is currently nestled next to hwy 101.
The town itself was named after the Native American Wiyot Indians. Wiyots have lived in the Northern California coastal region for thousands of years occupied in hunting wildlife, salmon fishing, basketry, and gathering roots for medicine and food. (www.wiyot.com)
Weott residents and travelers today enjoy the gorgeous surroundings. There are tons of things for you do here, like hiking & fishing, camping in the State Park, or jumping in a canoe or kayak to have an adventure down the Eel River. On your way down the Avenue, we encourage you to stop by the Humboldt Redwoods State Park vistor center, just south of town.
Before Myers Flat was founded in 1867, it was purchased during the Gold Rush by Elias & Andrew Myers for $1,000. The Lolangkok tribe called the area Kunteltcobetl but it soon began to be known as Myers to the settlers.
Even though it was remote, because of the traffic, the next generation of Myers (who were known for their planting 700 apple trees, 300 pear trees, and flower gardens) decided to build a hotel to serve as a station line stop. Today, that hotel still stands and nearby is the Myers family cemetary.
Myers Flat is located in the heart of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park on the Avenue of the Giants. With easy access off highway 101, you can soak up some local color by visiting businesses providing a variety of services. Make a stop at the Post Office to mail your post cards, drive through a tree (everyone should have this experience at least once), or just stand in awe as you take in the trees. Myers Flat is friendly, warm, and invites you to visit.
Miranda, an adorable town with about 350 residents, is home to the local middle school and high school (Southern Humboldt Unified School District and South Fork High School). An alternative school (Osprey) rests on the property of the old Miranda Junior High.
Some say the town was named by a former post mistress and was the hub of over 50 logging operations up until the 1950s.
Discover Miranda for yourself! Take a walk to the river, do some shopping, have lunch, visit the galleries. It's a great place to stop on your trip through the avenue.
So here we are at the end of the Avenue. We've saved the best for last. Phillipsville, with it's population around 100, is famous for old growth redwoods and California's largest and oldest standing redwood trees. Having said that, there are debates in the region regarding the oldest and tallest trees -- just know that the trees here are huge and note-worthy.
There are several places to stay if you'd like to spend the night around Phillipsville. In addition to finding groceries, gas, and other points of interest there are several river access points.
You should turn your car around at this point and start over! If that isn't possible due to time constraints, just take an extra moment in Phillipsville. Have a little zen moment to fit in your pocket before you get back on Hwy 101. Here's what you do: take one last look up at these majestic redwoods, inhale deeply, and let your cares slip away. Aren't you glad Phillipsville was hear so you could have closure on your adventure?