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Lost Coast Scenic Drive

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Great scenery - roads in terrible shape

When in the area we go to Ferndale Pizza and then take this drive. It takes you out to the coast... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
So Calif
Scenic and very few people.

This drive is fantastic! The scenery is amazing and there are very few people around. I highly... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Fullerton, California
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When in the area we go to Ferndale Pizza and then take this drive. It takes you out to the coast, and then back through the redwood forests south of Ferndale including Ave of the Giants. The road is scenic, paved with a lot of...More

Thank omc141
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This drive is fantastic! The scenery is amazing and there are very few people around. I highly recommend walking on the beach where, after a short walk, you feel like no one has been there for years. The drive can be dangerous though, particularly on...More

1  Thank J R
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Decided to do this trip from Ferndale - 63 miles in total, most of it narrow and winding. Drove out of the damp and mist above the clouds to be met by the most spectacular view of the countryside and coast. As previously mentioned, the...More

1  Thank Woody4
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We drove last memorial weekend (2017). I think the road was fine, some small potholes but won't make any damage to the car. Some road constructions were still going on. And yes, it's a long drive but totally worth it. Get off from my routines...More

Thank Yan b
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Getting to the Ocean Front Inn, Shelter Cove Ca. from Eureka is an experience in its self the rugged California Coast line is incredibly beautiful the Lost Coast Hwy is not for the faint of heart specially on Harleys but worth every mile potholes, gravel...More

2  Thank vnrcooper
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We were in SF for Spring Break and midweek we rented a Mustang convertible and drove up to Ferndale. Our main focus was to see the Avenue of Giants. It was spectacular! Definitely a site to see! These trees are so magnificent. I'm disappointed that...More

Thank Alanna G
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The road is paved, but there are numerous potholes. The views however are worth it. Lots of great picnic spots. We sure enjoyed it.

Thank Jody J
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing road! Narrow stretches on the edge of long drops and in terribleness condition. But the views! Mountainous, verdant dairy country, crashing seas and an enchanting stretch of forest as you approach Route 101. So worth it if you get the chance. But...More

3  Thank Global_academic
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Just another wonderful place along the lost coast. So many giant redwoods you lose count. Plan on taking your time.

Reviewed 10 January 2017

It was winter and the park was not busy but open. Unfortunately budget cuts had closed the restrooms. The walking trails were accessible by foot only. Breath taking scenery among the giant trees

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Kathleen C
4 June 2016|
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Response from Marvin T | Reviewed this property |
You should have no trouble driving the road in a van, as long as it is a sturdy vehicle and you take your time, we took our 38' motorhome over it. Just enjoy and make sure you gas tank is full.
Barbara A
14 May 2016|
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Response from Raoul L | Reviewed this property |
From SF Airport at that time of the day will take you roughly 4-5 hours to get to the Avenue of the Giants. Weott is a small cute town with a couple of hotels that you can stay at and leaves you with a short drive to the... More
1 March 2015|
Response from 94121travel | Reviewed this property |
I'd say 4 hours from Santa Rosa, CA and 5 hours from San Francisco, CA. The Lost Coast Scenic Drive adds hours to the trip due to road conditions. We averaged 17 miles per hour.