Today marks the 55th Dedication Anniversary of the beautiful Avenue of the Giants that winds for 32 miles through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. On August 27, 1960, Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown dedicated this scenic byway, commemorating the road’s significant history in the conservation of the coast redwoods.
Thousands of visitors drive under the towering redwoods that line the Avenue as they visit Humboldt Redwoods to experience the breath-taking majesty of the largest old-growth forest on the planet.
Save the Redwoods League’s first grove acquisitions happened in 1920 along the Avenue of the Giants with private funds raised from League supporters including Congressman William Kent and Stephen Mather, the director of the National Park Service. Today, wooden signs mark the groves dedicated along the Avenue, each with a unique story about the individuals, families and friends that worked in partnership to save the redwoods that are now protected in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.