Leggett is just shy of midway between the Canadian and Mexican borders. Located off the main artery of US Highway 101, this tiny hamlet boasts
a multitude of
possibilities, from fishing, swimming, hiking, to just plain old sit back and enjoy the breeze.
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From San Francisco, head north up Highway 101. It's about 185 miles. A
four-hour drive if you don't stop to taste the scenery. US 101 becomes a four-lane road about 10 miles south of Leggett. You may continue on to the junction of Highways 1 and 101 or you may take the So. Leggett/Drive Thru Tree Road exit, turn left over the freeway and jog to the right. It's about 2 miles
as you follow the two-lane road past the fire station and Redwood Farm and Garden to the
As an alternative instead of going straight up US 101, travel north as far as
Cloverdale. In Cloverdale take Highway 128 west. This road will wind through
the coastal hills and forest coming out near Albion on Highway 1 where you continue north. Once on the coast you have another decision to make, you can either take Highway 20 back to 101 and turn north or continue north on Highway 1 for more of the Northern California coast as this road ends in Leggett, home of Drive-Thru Tree Park.
If you opt to continue on Highway 1, you are in for more fantastic scenery, including a climb to 2,000 feet as you cross the Mendocino Coast Range. At the juntion of Highways 1 and 101, turn left onto Drive Thru Tree Road. The entrance to the Tree is all the way through Leggett past the Cal-Trans yard and Leggett Valley Mercantile, where you can purchase your "I Survived Hwy 1" souviner, and the various buildings of downtown Leggett including post office and gas station.
Wait a minute! Your trip begins in the Great Northwest. To reach the Drive-Thru Tree from the Oregon/California border town of Crescent City, head south on US 101 for about 200 miles. When you reach the junction of Highways 1 and 101 turn right onto Highway 1, toward Fort Bragg. Now take a quick left onto Drive Thru Tree Road. The park entrance is approximately a quarter of a mile from where you turned.