Humboldt Redwoods State Park has several day use areas for picnicking, swimming, or simply relaxing. Some areas are open throughout the year while others are open during the summer and fall only.
The Big Trees Area, located on Mattole Road 4 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants, is the perfect place for a picnic or a chance to cool off in Bull Creek. This area offers picnic tables, chemical toilets, wading, and access to many miles of hiking trails. Open year 'round.
Blue Slide day use area, located on Mattole Road 3.5 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants, offers picnic tables and a view of Bull Creek. Open year 'round.
Dyerville Overlook, located on the Avenue of the Giants 4.25 miles north of the Visitor Center, offers picnic tables and expansive views of the South Fork and Main Stem of the Eel River. Open year 'round.
The California Federation of Women's Clubs Grove, located on the Avenue of the Giants 3 miles north of the Visitor Center, offers many day use activities as well as a glimpse into history. This day use area has picnic tables, barbeque grills, restrooms, river access with a swimming hole, and a hiking trail. In addition, the Hearthstone or four fireplaces structure, is located in this grove. The Hearthstone was designed by architect Julia Morgan as a tribute to the women who worked so hard to preserve the redwoods in this grove and the surrounding area. Today this structure offers great photo opportunities, historical significance, and visitors can still have fires in the fireplaces. Many people choose to have weddings or other special events at this location. The area has three group size picnic tables and an oversize barbeque. It can accommodate groups of up to 50 people and can be reserved in advance, see Special Events for the current fee schedule.
Call park staff (707) 946-1811 to confirm dates before sending payment. This area is open year 'round with limited facilities in the off season.
Adjacent to the Visitor Center is a large lawn that is great for day use. This area has picnic tables and restrooms, and it's perfect for throwing the frisbee, walking your dog, or relaxing in the sun. The Visitor Center also has a deck with picnic tables and shade. Open year 'round.
Garden Club Grove, located on the Avenue of the Giants 2 miles south of the Visitor Center, offers limited picnicking, a chemical toilet, and access to a great swimming hole. Open seasonally.
Williams Grove, located on the Avenue of the Giants 3 miles south of the Visitor Center, is a large day use area. This grove requires a $8.00 day use fee per vehicle and offers sunny and shaded picninc tables, barbeque grills, restrooms, and river access. In addition, there are two group day use areas that can be reserved for family gatherings, weddings, birthday parties, or other special events. The small day use area can accommodate up to 50 people and the large area can accommodate up to 100 people. This area is open year 'round with limited facilities in the off season.
To reserve a specific Day Use Area and for the current fee schedule, please use the reservation form which can be found on our special events page and contact park staff at (707) 946-1811 to ensure the date is available.