DescriptionSituated on a terrace adjacent to the South Fork Eel River, Garberville was founded in the late 19th century as a trading center for sheep ranchers. In the 1970s it gained the dubious reputation of being the unofficial world capital for the cultivation of sinsemilla, a highly potent form of marijuana. One contributing factor is the region's weather, more reliably sunny and largely free of the fog that lingers along the coast and in the redwood country to the north. Summer highs here frequently reach 90 and occasionally top 100 degrees.
Southern Humboldt Community Park, off US 101 exit 639B to 934 Sprowl Creek Rd., has multiuse trails that loop through a 431-acre tract of grassland, farmland, upland forest and redwood groves. The park is considered a model of sustainable food production, forest management and watershed restoration.
Within Richardson Grove State Park, 8 miles south on US 101, are significant stands of old-growth redwoods, including several trees that exceed 340 feet in height. Nine miles of hiking trails traverse the groves. The park visitor center, located in the historic Richardson Grove Lodge, has natural history exhibits and provides information about summer nature programs and guided walks; phone (707) 247-3318.
One-Log House, on US 101 near the park entrance, was hollowed out of a single redwood tree more than 2,100 years old. Thirty-two feet long and about 11 feet wide, it houses a gift shop with historical photos and a collection of antique drag saws.