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Eternal Tree House.

The Eternal Tree House

Field review by the editors.

Redcrest, California

The Eternal Tree House is a free attraction worth at least five minutes of your vacation time. A carved wooden sign along the Avenue of the Giants promises a 20 ft. room in a "Living Tree." Visitors walk into the woods behind its roadside gift shop, perhaps anticipating an ornately carved palace suspended overhead in ancient boughs.

Eternal Tree House.

It turns out to be a man-carved room sunken at the bottom of a redwood stump. In the shade and foliage, the exterior of the Eternal Tree House resembles a huge pile of moldering firewood with a window. A short ramp leads down into single room below what's left of a 2,500 year old redwood.

The hand-lettered history on the wall claims "the main portion of the tree was felled in the early 1900s by loggers" to make railroad ties, fence rails and roof shakes. A fire "centuries ago" had already blackened the tree's insides, so in the 1910s expert wood splitter Harry McLeod decided to hollow it out like a Halloween pumpkin and convert it to a tourist curiosity. By the 1950s, the space had been turned into a formal gift shop.

Today it's an unfurnished room, its rustic log chandelier lighting a guest book on a pedestal and signs enticing visitors to check out redwood souvenirs in the gift shop. Stepping outside, you can see the tall redwood offspring that surround the never-say-die Eternal Tree.

Also see: Big Tree Drive-Thru

The Eternal Tree House

Redcrest Resort

26510 Avenue of the Giants, Redcrest, CA
At Redcrest Resort. US 101/Redwood Hwy exit 667, drive east, then turn north onto the Avenue of the Giants.
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