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Leggett’s world famous Drive-Thru Tree

Leggett is located on the South Fork of the Eel River in Mendocino County, about 80 miles north of Hopland and 90 miles south of Eureka. This is one of the highlights of your adventure. You will now visit Leggett’s world famous Drive-Thru Tree known as the Chandelier Tree because of the enormous branches balanced on both side of its massive trunk. Chandelier Tree is a 315 foot (96 meters) tall tree with a 6 foot (1.83 m) wide by 6 foot 9 inch (2.06 m) with a wide hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through since 1930s. It reminds us of the tunnel tree in Mariposa grove of giant sequoias yet, this redwood tree is much larger than the sequoias tunnel tree that stands next to the Grizzly Giant tree in Yosemite. Alongside the road, you can view the tall sword ferns and the giant horsetails (ancient survivors of the Paleozoic Era).
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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a state park, adjacent to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, another one of the three unique States Parks federally managed and preserved. This beautiful park which was established in 1927 consists of 6,400 acres with approximately 50% old-growth coast redwood and 8 miles of wild coastline. The park was designed as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations in the 1980s. In 2007, the Mill Creek was added to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and increased its size by 25,000 acres. This elevates Del Norte Park to the 5th largest in the State Park system and thus increasing the preserved redwoods parks. In 2008, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to close this unique park (due to California’s deficit) but fortunately has since been rescinded following public outcry. President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir stood firmly and courageously against lobbies when they declared these ancient trees as national monuments back in 1906

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