Phillipsville, California: Chimney Tree, Old Hobbiton USA Site

Former dual attraction combined a "room" in the trunk of a still-living Redwood with a concrete-statue-and-hidden-speaker homage to the properties of J.R.R. Tolkien. Reopened as hamburger cafe, the Hobbiton section long closed and overgrown, Gandalf still visible.
1111 Avenue of the Giants, Phillipsville, CA
A little over a mile south of Phillipsville on Hwy 254 - Avenue of the Giants.
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Chimney Tree

The famous Chimney Tree and Chimney Tree Cafe are open. The tree itself is free to look at and the Cafe has burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, etc. Hobbiton, unfortunately, is still closed.

[Matt, 07/30/2012]

If Hobbiton doesn't re-open along with Peter Jackson's film, it might be closed for good.


Hobbiton - Closed

Sadly, i have to report that Hobbiton is no longer open. It appears to have closed some time ago, and the inhabitants of the house above the property are not open to explorers. The gift shop area is closed and the Chimney Tree is in disrepair. In fact, many of the old redwood highway attractions are closed, or have seen better days.

[jennifer, 08/12/2009]

Gollum in the cave.

Hobbiton U.S.A.

Having read about Hobbiton USA, the story of The Hobbit constructed from cement dioramas out in the redwoods, we made it our goal to reach there before nightfall. We got there with plenty of daylight, but alas, it had already closed. Determined as we were to see the dioramas, we chose to hop the back fence and walk through the adventure.

The first diorama was of the end of the story. Cement Bilbo and cement Gandalf were looking off into the future. We pushed a button and there was a long delay -- so long we were sure it was broken, then a terrible loud voice from a speaker told us we had reached the end of the story.

We moved through the rest of the dioramas -- the Smaug the Dragon diorama, the giant spider -- they got shittier as we went along (they probably would have gotten better if we had gone through forward), but finally we came to Gollum peering out of the cave at us. We pushed the button, and then heard a man's voice say "Who's up there! I can hear you!" We ducked to hide but then the terrible narrator echoed from the bushes, talking about Gollum and pinpointing our location. We started to run.

We ran and ran until we came to the front of Hobbiton where a lady in a bathrobe came out of a trailer carrying a little dog. She chastised us for sneaking in without paying, then got all misty eyed when she asked if we thought it was beautiful. Then she told us we could go without paying, only we had to go NOW.

We ran and ran and could hear the man chasing us. We got in our car and sped away and saw him standing at the top of the hill, next to the Gandalf statue, shaking his gun. We drove as fast as we could. We will never forget Hobbiton, U.S.A.

[Eva Anderson, 05/27/2004]

We had to chuckle at this account, but remind all that even Hobbiton USA is not worth dying for. Visit during normal hours -- and pay the admission!

Hobbiton Attacked by Full-sized Fiends

The folk art attraction "Hobbiton" on the Avenue of the Giants has been vandalized. I've never been to this attraction before, but from the postcards it looks wonderful. It's a 20 minute walking tour complete with miniature towns, lakes, characters and scenes from Tolkien's "Hobbit." Some idiots vandalized it before it was set to open for this season. Sculptures are being repaired and repainted. They were reluctant to give a reopening date at the gift shop, but are determined to stay in business.

The Chimney Tree is still open.

[L. Glicksman, 08/10/2001]

With recent Hollywood activity around J.R.R. Tolkien properties, Hobbiton would be smart to hold on and stay open for a few more years. Or at least have better timing than Ohio's Titanic Museum, which closed before the 1997 blockbuster movie "Titanic." Hobbiton was a stop on our Big Tree Drive Thru.

Hobbiton USA

In January 1996, I stopped at Hobbiton USA along California's Redwood Highway to get a good first hand look at all those wacky creatures but, while the Chimney Tree and gift shop were open, the Hobbit trails were closed because it wasn't tourist season. I tried to talk the lady behind the counter into letting me stroll back there anyway, and then the truth came out. It seems the heavy rains and mudslides took out big chunks of the trail and washed away some hapless hobbits! She wasn't too sure when it would open but thought that in May it might be ready for the public. I got a feeling of forboding as I listened to her talk and would suggest seeing the hobbits soon before the attraction is closed for good.

[Chris Murray, 10/26/1997]

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