Visit Movie Locations Filmed in Five Redwoods State Parks

Redwood forest with dirt road curving through it and white rays of sunlight through treesVacations to the California Redwoods State Parks mean things to do like hiking, biking, birding, fishing, beach-combing along dunes and hidden coves, or just a scenic drive through the Avenue of the Giants. Did you know you when you visit some of the Redwoods State Parks, you can visit some of the locations where scenes from famous movies like Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Swiss Army Man and A Wrinkle in Time were filmed?

You can take a self-guided tour of some of the most popular movie locations in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties in California using the Map of the Movies produced by the Humboldt – Del Norte Film Commission. The Map locates the sites for 35 different movies, many in Redwoods State Parks. Visit their website for a PDF version of the Map of the Movies, including directions to markers at or near the actual filming sites, plus a Googlemap, and a complete filmography for both counties.

Map of the Movies Self-guided Tour of film sites in Humbodt & Del Norte Co. with gray map of CaliforniaThe Redwood Riverwalk Hotel in Fortuna makes a great base camp for your 3-D movie adventures – Humboldt Redwoods State Park is just 15 miles away, while Grizzley Redwoods State Park and Eureka’s Sequoia Park are only 20 miles away. A little farther north, you’ll find more movie locations in Patrick’s Point State Park (48 miles), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (67 miles) and Jedidiah Redwoods State Park (110 miles). Besides State Park locations, the new Map of the Movies lists many additional filming locations including Fortuna, nearby Ferndale, Loleta, and Garberville.

Star Wars fans can visit several locations chosen to portray Planet Endor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983). Visit the Chetham Grove path in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park to see the route of Luke Skywalker’s famous speeder chase. Other scenes were filmed farther north in the redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has provided the awe-inspiring setting for movies for over half a century. After Earth (2013) created Kneeland in a number of locations there, including Founders Grove, Dyerville Giant, Bull Creek, Burlington, and the south fork of the Eel River. When you drive down the Avenue of the Giants and Blue Slide Road, you’re following the route The Gnome Mobile cruised in 1967. Other films with forest scenes shot in Humboldt Redwoods State Park include Swiss Army Man (2016) and The Big Trees (1952), starring Kirk Douglas.

Patrick’s Point State Park has been another popular choice for movie locations. At Wedding Rock, you’re visiting a location from The Lost World (1997), the sequel to Jurassic Park. Swiss Army Man (2016), the story of a man who befriends a dead body when stranded on an island, was filmed on Agate Beach at Patrick’s Point, Houda Point Beach, and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Recently, scenes from A Wrinkle in Time (2018) were filmed in Patrick’s Point State Park as well as Sequoia Park in Eureka, and Trinidad.

Visit Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and you’ll be experiencing the rain forests of Isla Sorna depicted in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Fern Canyon also was home to dinosaurs in The Tree of Life (2011), as was the forest in Grizzly Creek State Park.

Farther north, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park has appeared in films including The Final Terror (1983), where the terror began in Stout Grove, as well as Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983).

A Map of the Movies tour is just one of the many things to do when you visit the Redwoods State Parks. For many other places to see, experience, eat, drink, tour, and more, visit our Local Area Information. Stay at our small, independent hotel during your vacation in Humboldt County, and you’ll experience the unique Redwoods character in our hotel décor, our full breakfast buffet featuring local products, our “boutique hotel” service and exceptional hospitality. The Redwood is waiting to welcome you to this special region of California, so give us a call at (707) 725-5500 or go online to reserve your stay.

Images courtesy of Humboldt Lodging Alliance

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