Avenue of the Giants Anniversary

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Photo by HSU
Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Photo by HSU

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.

Learn more about the history of the Avenue of the Giants here and get ready to plan your next road trip!



About the author

Emily Burns, the League’s former Director of Science, led the research program that includes the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. She holds a PhD in Integrative Biology on the impacts of fog on coast redwood forest flora from the University of California, Berkeley.

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