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The Upper South Fork of the Eel River
Redwood Highway in Mendocino County, California

My favorite two "tourist traps" on the old Redwood Highway are both at the south end of the South Fork Eel River canyon near Leggett. And both feature actual living redwoods, remarkable specimens despite the hoopla.

The Tree House is a fire-hollowed redwood in good health, modified with windows, doors, and a floor to make "the tallest one room building in the world" according to Ripleys Believe It or Not.

Off the main highway at Hollow Tree Road is a small private grove featuring the Chandelier Tree. This is one of three "drive-through" trees along the Redwood Highway, and by far the best. If you really must have a picture of your car inside a massive tree, this is the place.


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Tree House on the Redwood Highway

Tree House on the Redwood Highway

The "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" Tree House tourist attraction on the Redwood Highway

near Leggett, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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Inside the Tree House

Inside the Tree House

Inside the single room in a hollow redwood tree at the Tree House on the Redwood Highway

near Leggett, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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Standish Hickey Campsite

Standish Hickey Campsite

A wheelchair accessible campsite at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2010
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South Fork Eel River at Standish Hickey

South Fork Eel River at Standish Hickey

Normally a summer bridge crosses the South Fork of the Eel River here to reach the campground on the far side

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2010
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Drive-Through Chandelier Tree

Drive-Through Chandelier Tree

Southernmost of the Redwood Highway tourist attractions, the Chandelier Drive-Through Tree remains popular

near Leggett, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2010
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Photography at the Chandelier Tree

Photography at the Chandelier Tree

Many visitors to the redwoods want a photograph of themselves and their vehicle driving through a tree, such as here at the Chandelier Drive -Through Tree

near Leggett, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2010
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