In and around the vicinity of the festival grounds at French’s Camp are a wide variety of uniquely interesting and varied attractions ranging from stunning ancient redwood trees and remote wilderness areas to unforgettable one-of-a-kind gift shops. If you need supplies, we’ve also listed the nearby markets at your disposal.
Please note: A crosswalk will be available to the Patriot Station.
Just a half mile north of the festival entrance on the west side Highway 101 is the Cooks Valley Patriot gas station where a host of common necessities may be purchased.
With its friendly staff and services not otherwise available in such close proximity to the festival grounds, this local business offers fuel, snacks, a deli and mini-market, propane, and more. It’s the closest resource of its kind to the festival grounds.
For larger supply runs, Ray’s Supermarket in Garberville (8.5 miles north) or the Shop Smart Supermarket in Redway (11.7 miles north) are recommended. Both of these well stocked supermarkets are easily accessible on the shuttle bus route.
Just 7/10th's of a mile north of the festival entrance on Highway 101 you can see the amazing Grandfather Tree. Located adjoining Richardson Grove State Park this massive coastal redwood seems to outshine all the others in the area. Estimated to be over 1800-years old, this amazing double-trunked redwood is famous for its large limbs, full foliage and picturesque qualities, standing on its own in an area otherwise crowded with trees. It is over 265 ft. tall and has one of the largest trunks on the Redwood Highway. It is 55 ft. in circumference and has been a favorite photographic subject of visitors for generations.
Just south of the Grandfather Tree (6/10th's of a mile north of the festival entrance on Highway 101) is the world famous One Log House. Hollowed out in 1946 from a single log, the Famous One-Log House was created from a redwood tree over 2100 years old! This section alone weighed 42 tons. It took two men eight months of hard labor to hollow out a room 7 feet high and 32 feet long. Enough chips came out of it to build a five-bedroom house! This special log home includes living, dining, & bedroom areas just like any other trailer or motor home. Featuring an amazing collection of gifts and collectable's the One Log House is a local must-see!
Adjacent to the Grandfather Tree and One Log House (6/10th's of a mile north of the festival entrance on Highway 101) is the The World Famous Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company, the Western United States Distributor for the Huron-Wendat Indian Tribe.
With a large selection of women's slippers, moccasins, ankle high moccasins, Chuka Boots (short boots), Mukluks (tall boots), soft Infant moccasins, children's moccasins for all ages, and even a couple of authentic "Indian-style" moccasins for men, you'll also find a fantastic collection of handmade Navajo Kachina Dolls or Dancers, Navajo Sand Paintings & Navajo and Huron Dream Catchers, carved Navajo Fetishes and Peace Pipes textiles from Peru, Alpaca rugs, hats, ponchos, teddy bears, scarves, and a large variety of Alpaca shoulder bags, and Pima Cotton scarves and shawls, and even furs, fur rugs, blankets and pillowcases from throughout the world.
And don't forget to check out their homemade jams, jellies, marmalades and fruit butters!
Located just 7.2 miles south of the festival entrance on highway 101 is the legendary Campbell Bros. Confusion Hill - a Northern California tourist attraction that has been the home of mystery, fun, and family entertainment since 1949.
As of January, 2010, Confusion Hill is now listed as a California State Point of Historical Interest. There is the World Famous Gravity House, a real mystery which you will have fun trying to solve! Gravity seems to be confused and you will be too!
You'll also enjoy the Redwood Shoe House, the Ripley's Believe It or Not "Worlds Tallest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving" and the unique miniature Mountain Train Ride to enjoy.
Their Gift Shop has a great variety of goods including many local hand crafted Redwood items. There's something for everyone. The Snack Bar has all the fixin's for a fun family picnic amongst the fabulous Redwoods. There is also a Playground for the children and many fun things for them to do and see.
Take a stroll around the grounds and get up close and personal with the tallest living things on the planet, the Majestic Coastal Redwood.
Established in 1922 and named after Friend W. Richardson, the 25th governor of California, the park is bisected by Hwy. 101 and the south fork of the Eel River. Camping, hiking, swimming, and just relaxing are popular activities throughout much of the year. Fishing for salmon and steelhead is popular during the winter.
Richardson Grove State Park is where you first encounter significant old growth redwood forest when coming north. The 9th tallest coast redwood, a fallen tree ring study conducted in 1933, and a walk-through tree are immediately available.
Dubbed the "gateway to the tall trees country," the area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles. One of the few virgin redwood-stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail, which is ADA compliant, as are several of the campsites.
Encompassing 1,012 acres of parklands with two miles of river frontage, Standish-Hickey offers to the visitor when driving north on 101 the first chance to walk and sleep in old growth groves and swim in a wild and scenic river. The park's varied trails offer hikers scenic redwood and river views, and picnic tables and parking are available for day-use visitors. As for the swimming, the South Fork of the Eel River, located at the base of rocky outcrops, creates pools nearly 20 feet deep with sandy bottoms. These pools are popular, sunny places to linger on hot summer days.
Standish-Hickey SRA was almost lost due to state budget cuts, but when a group of concerned citizens learned in 2011 that their beloved park was to be closed, they assembled at the Leggett School House to strategize how to keep the park open. They organized a team called Team Standish that fought tirelessly and with great passion to eventually save the park.
They continue to meet most weeks at the Leggett School Library. Thanks to their valiant efforts this valuable and irreplaceable natural resource was saved for all to enjoy.
The park encompasses over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth coast redwoods. In 1921 Save the Redwoods League dedicated the first Memorial Grove, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling Memorial Grove, in what is now known as Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Today the park contains a diverse coast redwood ecosystem, which includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed.
With more than 250 camp sites, 100 miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails, and the scenic 32-mile Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park offers something for everyone. Whether you have just a single day to visit or a week long vacation to explore, a journey into the redwood forest is sure to be an awe-inspiring experience. The park is open year 'round and recreational activities are available throughout the four seasons.
A spectacular meeting of land and sea is certainly the dominant feature of King Range National Conservation Area (NCA). Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only three miles from the ocean.
The King Range NCA covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland. The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers to name a few.
Congress once again recognized the uniqueness of the King Range NCA by officially designating 42,585 acres as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17, 2006.
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is located in a remote section of northwestern California known as the lost coast.
The 7,500 acre park is primitive in nature and is managed as a wilderness area. The coastal terrace is the home to a repopulated Roosevelt Elk herd in addition to native mountain lion, bear, grey fox, bobcats, and many different bird species including hawks and eagles. Migrating whale seasonally may be observed from the Needle Rock area.
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park offers many different opportunities including fishing, abalone diving, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and camping. Exploring the remnants of the historic Bear Harbor railroad and the logging activities of the area will entertain the history buff.
The north end of the Sinkyone Wilderness connects by trail with the BLM Kings Range National Conservation Area.