Day Trip To Leggett, California, To See the Drive Through Chandelier Tree
Not far north of Fort Bragg, California, is an amazing thing-- the Chandelier Tree in Leggett. The drive from Fort Bragg to Leggett is a beautiful one with many opportunities for recreational activities along the way.
If you decide to go on this adventure, be careful & keep your eyes on the road. There are plenty of spots to pull off the highway & take in the serene sights & sounds.
As you leave town, you will pass through Cleone, a small “town” where MacKerricher State Park is located. MacKerricher holds a day of activities in itself, so don’t get sidetracked. But be sure to make plans to go there on another day, because it is a great place to hang out.
The next very small town you will pass through is Inglenook. It is an enchanting little area with cozy homes and farms lining the road. You can usually see cows grazing fairly close to the road. The coastal view is also awesome along this short stretch of the drive. Again— be careful — there are many opportunities to stop and take in the view. So, keep your eyes on the road. Although beautiful, it is a fairly windy drive.
Shortly after leaving Fort Bragg, we pass through Westport, a small town that you will miss if you blink. Westport is an old logging village. It is a quaint little area and definitely worth exploring. It won’t take long, so you can incorporate it into a day trip if you go on this adventure. The people are friendly and will tell you about the place they call home. There is great access to the beach at the Westport Headlands. There is also a handicapped-accessible observation deck on the bluffs. Be sure to look for the antiques on display at the Headlands.
As you continue on your journey, you will see miles of forested areas. Creeks also flow along various parts of the highway. These features make great places to stop and take in the natural beauty of the area.
The peaceful surroundings are truly relaxing. It is very easy to spend a couple of hours making your way to Leggett with all of the awesome prospects for recreational pit-stops. You might even see some deer, rabbits, or other wildlife. It is just an amazing treat for the eyes the entire way.
Once you arrive in Leggett, you will notice there is not much going on in the once bustling town. One of the first things you will see is the post office. This building serves not only as a place to get mail but as the locale where community information can be found.
The post office also hosts a book swap, where avid readers can always find something interesting to read. There is also one store in the town, where some basic staples can be purchased.
The town of Leggett is even smaller than Westport, but it holds a BIG treasure-- the Chandelier Tree. It was created years ago when vehicles were generally smaller, so SUVs & other large cars will not fit through it-- but it is still a pretty cool thing to see.
The park that the tree is in has some great walking paths. And there is a huge meadow where you can have a picnic. Maybe you will even see some wildlife. There are even some interesting old buildings to check out. Pups are welcome as long as they are leashed. It is definitely a fun place to visit.
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