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Leggett, California

Chandelier Tree

Massive redwood tree that has a hole in the base big enough to drive through. 

A 315-foot-tall marvel, the Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California, has a hole cut in the base that is big enough to drive through. Six feet wide and nearly seven feet tall, the hole was carved sometime in the 1930s. Miraculously, this tree is so big and strong that is has survived the gaping wound in its base.

A massive redwood, this is one of the biggest trees in the world.

Modern environmentalists work to make sure that no new holes are cut in the remaining redwood trees, so the few that remain are precious and fairly rare. Those who maintain the parks they are found in often exploit them as tourist attractions. The Chandelier Tree has a gift shop and a picnic area nearby for visitors.

Know Before You Go

Leggett is just shy of midway between the Canadian and Mexican borders. Located off the main artery of US Highway 101.