We have walked the 4 mile loop at Lake Earl several times, and Tolowa Dunes twice. We needed another area. So about 1:30 pm we took off for Howland Hill Road, east of town. This road quickly turns into a one lane road with turnouts as soon as you cross into the Jedediah Smith National Forest. From there it is a good 4 mile drive through giant Redwoods. It's slow going, as the road has many potholes. After parking we walked along a trail that follows the Smith River.
Howland Hill Drive
Stout Grove, some of the "little" trees - the log on the left is 7 feet in diameter
My hubby, walking among giants
The river path
The Smith River
If any of these places look like the movies, some of them were filmed here in Del Norte County and Humbolt County to the south. Check out this Map of the Movies