Phillipsville, California: Chimney Tree, Old Hobbiton USA SiteFormer 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.
Visitor Tips and News About Chimney Tree, Old Hobbiton USA Site
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]
Chimney Tree, Old Hobbiton USA Site
- 1111 Avenue of the Giants, Phillipsville, CA
- A little over a mile south of Phillipsville on Hwy 254 - Avenue of the Giants.