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Lost Coast Scenic Drive

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Different view in every turn

We drove last memorial weekend (2017). I think the road was fine, some small potholes but won't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Yan b
2017 Lost Coast Hwy Hog Run

Getting to the Ocean Front Inn, Shelter Cove Ca. from Eureka is an experience in its self the... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
San Diego, California
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“mattole road” (11 reviews)
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 16 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

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 23 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 29 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 7 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

Thank H4769CIbobb
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I drove Avenue of the Giants down to Meyers Flat and then took the Lost Coast Road back to Eureka. There are more potholes than road, it can take 4 hours to go 80 miles, there are a lot of curves and steep incline, lots...More

6  Thank Anna H
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Yes fill the tank before you go, plan to spend all day exploring,bring a picnic lunch and your spirit for adventure. This is county road take your time enjoy the splendor of the last undeveloped area of the California Coast Leave from Ferndale swist your...More

2  Thank brianvanek
Reviewed 6 December 2016

My husband and I loved our time on the lost coast scenic drive. The views are great right away out of Ferndale and then when you finally see the coastline after winding up and down farmland. There was a section before the turn to Shelter...More

1  Thank sjstan
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Kathleen C
What about driving the Mattole Rd loop in a sprinter van?
3 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
Hi. We are driving from SFO (picking up car at 3pm) and heading to Redwood National Forest. Where is a good stopping point along the way for an overnight? Or is it reasonable to get all the way up to the base of the park before nightfall? We have one day for Redwood before heading to Crater Lake. One day in Crater Lake before heading to Lassen National Park and then one day to make it down to the eastern entrance of Yosemite. Family of 4 (16 and 14 year old kids) riding in a minivan :) Any input and suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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
Reviewer says "it's about a 4 hour drive". Four hours from where? Will be in the area in September. Driving from Ft Bragg. Return trip from National Park. Thank you!
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.