America's Scenic Byways

Bigfoot Scenic Byway

89 miles - 2 hours

Located among the deep green forests of northwestern California, Bigfoot Scenic Byway takes you through the region boasting the most sightings of Bigfoot of anywhere in the country. Whether you catch a glimpse of the elusive creature or not, a trip down the route rewards you with impressive mountain ranges, wild rivers, and recreation opportunities around every bend. Outdoor enthusiasts find activities both on and off the road, and kids in the backseat keep their faces pressed against the glass in hopes of adding their name to the lists of local sightings.

Beginning in Willow Creek (known as the "Gateway to Bigfoot Country") and ending in Happy Camp, your trip provides an unforgettable experience in one of California's wildest portions. Bigfoot Scenic Byway's 89 miles travel through or pass near a variety of public lands, including several wilderness areas, two national recreation areas, and Redwood National Park. The small towns along the route are the perfect places to stretch your legs, learn more about local cultures, and stop in during one of the Sasquatch-related festivals held throughout the year.

With its abundance of protected lands, the area provides exceptional wildlife viewing. Elk, deer, river otters, black bears, mink, bald eagles and peregrine falcons are among the animals sighted frequently in the dense forests. Outdoor enthusiasts find plenty to do along Bigfoot Scenic Byway, including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and hiking. Backpackers especially enjoy the easy access to Marble Mountains Wilderness, where they can hop onto the epic Pacific Crest Trail for a few months or spend a weekend trekking among the Marble Mountains' eighty-nine glacial lakes.

Though the drive can be made in a couple of hours its local legends, untrammeled natural spaces, and abundant recreation opportunities tempt travelers to alter vacation plans and stay a little longer.