Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree

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67402 Drive Thru Tree Rd., Weott, CA, USA
707-925-6363
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - I drove our car thru.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - A close-up of the cut and sign above.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - You can see where the branching begins.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - You can see where the branching begins.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - You can see where the branching begins.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - You can see where the branching begins.
Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree - The entry sign.

Chandelier Drive-Thru-Tree Weott Reviews

X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Jul 19, 2007
Leggett is a very small town about 175 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. Just south of town is a 250 acre park where the main draw is this one specific California Redwood tree. Back in the mid 1930s when it wasn’t considered a bad thing to cut a giant hole through a living tree many trees in California did just that so that people could drive thru them. You won’t find that happening anymore, so if you want to see one of the few that are left this is a good example. Not only does it have a 6 foot by 6 foot 9 inch hole cut thru it so you may drive thru, but it is also a fairly unique branch system that makes the tree look like a true chandelier. Starting nearly a hundred feet up, three branches begin and turn straight. You pay your entry fee into this privately owned park and drive through the park on a 5 mph dirt road that tries to maintain the old forest. You arrive finally at the tree and the gift shop beyond. There is plenty of room to drive through or around the tree and park and eat a picnic at the nice setting. We found it interesting and enjoyed the gift shop.
You can see where the branching be…
And the way the branches turn stra…
I drove our car thru.
A close-up of the cut and sign abo…
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X_Drive says:
To the best of my knowledge there are only 3 of these left, and they are all on private land in the costal area here in northern California. And I doubt seriously if anyone would try to do in this day.
Posted on: Sep 11, 2007
gentry591 says:
Sad to say but doing this does shorten the lifspan of the tree. If any more tunnels are made in the future will be on private land. Do not believe the forest or park service will allow it on public land-read that someplace
Posted on: Sep 11, 2007
WaltJake says:
Glad to see that these trees can take all that abuse and still flourish!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2007
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Drive-through-tree Jul 19, 2007
Back in the early 1900s the idea of cutting a large hole through the large California Redwood trees so that automobiles could drive through was a grand idea. Of course cars were new, and so were roads. People wanted new things to do, so they drove their new cars to the trees and had fun driving thru. Today, we would not do that anymore and there are only a very few left.

This particular one has some unique branching that makes it look like a true chandelier. The three main branches begin nearly a hundred feet from the ground and all turn straight up.

This tree is on private property and the 250 acre park around it contains a picnic area and a gift shop area besides the tree. There is a small fee for entry.
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