Howland Hill Road

Howland Hill Road, the location of 1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Located in Del Norte County, California, in USA, Howland Hill Road is the premier drive through Redwood National and State Parks, and the location where 1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi because was filmed. The road is narrow so buses, motor homes, and RV's are prohibited.

The road is 17.54km (10.9 miles) long running from Bertsch-Oceanview to Douglas Park. This twisting single-lane road through old-growth redwood forests, runs through the center of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. It’s said to be one of the best redwood drives anywhere. The hard-packed gravel road varies in surface durability depending on season and when the road was last graded. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the Redwood National and State Parks.

It is located in Crescent City. It is narrow which only enhances your closeness to the magnificent redwoods.  Imagine driving through a redwood forest on a road so narrow that you could literally touch the trees, which are magnificent to behold. Motorhomes/RVs and trailers are not advised.  This gravel road is great to take as long as you are not pulling a trailer. Expect plenty of dust in the dry summer months and keep an eye out for potholes.

The road is suitable for all standard passenger vehicles. Depending on how recently it’s been resurfaced, this narrow dirt road can be as smooth and flat as a paved road, or it could be a continuous string of potholes. This mixed gravel and paved road will take you twisting through a forest of giants. While the road is dusty and a little rough, it is worth it.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.