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Big Tree Wayside

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Humboldt, California

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  • Big Tree towers above its surroundings.- Big Tree Wayside
  • Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is estimated to be 1,500 years old.- Big Tree Wayside
  • Big Tree, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.- Big Tree Wayside
  • Big Tree, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.- Big Tree Wayside
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Pros: 
Massive old-growth redwood. Easy to access.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Humboldt, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Big Tree or "Big Tree Wayside" as it's better known, is one of the largest of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park old-growth coast redwoods. Thought to be around 1,500 years old and over 350 feet high, Big Tree is situated next to the road down a short paved trail accessible to all. One can deduce the scale of this natural giant by observing the massive branch growing from the trunk on the tree's right side; the branch makes for a large conifer in it's own right.

Big Tree Wayside is accessed by taking the Newton B Drury Parkway, an offshoot loop form the main Highway 101 thoroughfare that runs through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. A mile south of Big Tree Wayside is the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center and Elk Prairie Meadows, where a large herd of free-roaming Roosevelt elk are frequently seen. 

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