Local Area Attractions Near Benbow KOA Holiday

Benbow KOA is located in the scenic Benbow Valley, 200 miles north of San Francisco on highway 101 off exit 636. The park is situated near the giant redwoods on the East Branch of the Eel River, and only 10 minutes south of the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Nearby are the towns of Garberville and Redway where campers have easy access to shopping, dining, gas, banking and medical services.

A short walking path from Benbow KOA leads campers to Benbow Historic Inn, a beautiful 55-room luxury hotel, fine dining restaurant and lounge. The Inn is affiliated with Historic Hotels of America and is listed in the Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1926, Benbow Historic Inn is open 365 days a year and features outdoor dining in the summer that is enhanced by an outdoor summer music series under the stars that runs from mid June through the end of September. Benbow KOA and Benbow Historic Inn are owned by the same Partnership.

The Lost Coast at Shelter Cove
The Lost Coast at Shelter Cove

Forty-five minutes west of Benbow KOA lies Shelter Cove with its black sand beaches, surfing, abalone diving, ocean fishing, seals, sea lions, and great fish & chips. Shelter Cove features a 9-hole golf course and private airport.

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Redwoods National and State Parks
Redwoods National and State Parks

Close to Benbow KOA, there are numerous places to hike throughout the Kings Range, the Lost Coast and several state and national forest parks. The Lost Coast is one of California's most natural and scenic shorelines, and worthy of at least a day's worth of exploring.

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Benbow KOA - Gateway to Avenue of the Giants
Benbow KOA - Gateway to Avenue of the Giants

The living museum of the world's largest trees begins 6 miles north of Benbow KOA. This 31-mile scenic drive parallels Highway 101. Stop at Rockefeller Forest along the south fork of the Eel River to see Big Tree, Tall Tree and Flat Iron Tree. In Myers Flat you'll find the famous Drive Thru Tree. Just up the road is the Humboldt Redwood State Park Visitor Center.

Sequoia Park Zoo
Sequoia Park Zoo

The Sequoia Park Zoo is a zoo located in Eureka, California, operated by the City of Eureka. The zoo is part of a larger park complex including 60-acre of mature second-growth coast redwood forest, Eureka's largest public playground, and a duck pond, in addition to formal and natural gardens

3414 W St

Eureka, CA 95503

707-441-4263

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The Victorian Village of Ferndale
The Victorian Village of Ferndale

The best-preserved Victorian Village in California is located about fifty minutes north of Benbow KOA. This colorful town is filled with antique stores, art galleries and shops. This town is also a favorite film location; most recently "Outbreak" and "The Majestic" was filmed there. Ferndale is also home to the Humboldt County Fair, featuring horse racing August 21st - 30th.

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Local Area Recreation Near Benbow KOA Holiday

Willow Creek

Willow Creek

"River fun in the mountain sun" is how this community on the scenic Trinity River bills itself, and indeed a popular pastime is whitewater rafting. There's much more to do, including backcountry auto tours through Six Rivers National Forest, wine-tasting and farm stands and visiting the China Flat-Bigfoot Museum with the world's largest collection of Bigfoot artifacts. The Willow Creek area is in fact ground zero for Bigfoot sightings.

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Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

A 31-mile scenic alternate to Hwy. 101, the Avenue of the Giants is the best bet for seeing he redwoods by car. Apart from the stately aisles of massive trees, the Avenue takes you past inviting trailheads and side roads, as well as quirky small towns with their roadside attractions. Must-sees along the Avenue include the Humboldt Redwoods State Park visitors center and Founders' Grove nature trail.

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Drive Thru Tree

Drive Thru Tree

Ever since there have been automobiles, people have wanted to drive them through holes cut in trees. Very well, if you must. The Shrine Drive-Thru Tree and Drive-Over Tree in Myers Flat, for a modest fee, will let you do it.

67402 Drive Thru Tree Rd

Leggett, CA 95585

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Legend of Bigfoot

Legend of Bigfoot

Legend of Bigfoot is impossible to miss heading north to or south from Garberville. The generous front "yard" is chock full of statues, carvings, and rustic knick knacks. Give the Corinthian Bells wind chimes a ring--they are incomparable windchimes. The inside has almost every redwood, north coast, Hwy 101, or Bigfoot souvenir you could possibly want.

2500 US 101

Garberville, CA 95542

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Sequoia Park and Zoo

Sequoia Park and Zoo

Not many cities the size of Eureka have there own zoos! Sequoia Park and Zoo is a delightful attraction and is making regular upgrades and acquiring new animals. See the Children's Barnyard and petting zoo., the walk-in aviary, and the popular primates, not to mention over 70 acres of old-growth redwood forest to explore. Enjoy the newly opened Sky Walk.

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