By Barbara Sinotte
A part of a chain of courses to the USA nation and nationwide Parks, this identify covers California.
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At one time, the Tunnel Tree, carved out of a Giant Sequoia, was located in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite National Park. This tree fell in 1969 due to heavy snow. Three drive-thru trees are close to Redwood National Park. See Drive-thru Trees (previous entry). Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Location: Along Highland Avenue, which intersects US Highway 101 on the south side of Eureka. To early settlers of this region, Fort Humboldt was the sole means of staying in touch with the rest of the world.
A wonderfully scenic bicycle path makes it a joy viewing the lower part of the canyon. A hiking trail continues past a waterfall and right onto surrounding ridges. Page 23 Facilities & Activities Extending inland like a crooked finger along a twisting valley, the 1,300-acre park boasts miles of hiking trails, a 36-foot waterfall, a primitive horse camp, and a paved bicycle trail along a disused park road. A comfortable 30-unit campground flanked by pine-clad hillsides is situated in the woods near the mouth of the gulch.
Today, only one of the original structures from this settlement remains. But the stockade and three other buildingsincluding the first Russian Orthodox chapel south of Alaskahave been meticulously reconstructed in this 1,160-acre park. The chapel was completely destroyed by fire in 1970, but has since been rebuilt. A noted attraction is the commandants house, built by poet, writer, and traveler Alexander Rotchev. His wife, the popular Princess Helena Gagarin, gave up her financial inheritance and her place in Russian society when she married Rotchev.