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Trees of Mystery is a roadside attraction and tourist trap in Klamath, California. This private enterprise is located adjacent to US Highway 101 on private land surrounded by Redwood National and State Parks. The property contains a number of unique tree formations, hence its name. It includes a statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. In 2001 an aerial tramway was installed called the Sky Trail. It takes visitors to an observation deck where they can enjoy a view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding forest.
Trees of Mystery contains a world class The End of the Trail Museum, Native American Indian Museum with rooms filled with collections arranged by geographic areas rather than by tribes. As one of the largest, private collections of Native American art, crafts and tools in the world, it is a must-see, and the admission is free. treesofmystery.net
Home to the big
burlwood decorations used in tables,
furniture and wood sculptures, there's a
testament to wood and mythology at the
entrance to Trees of Mystery. A giant
49 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan and 35 foot tall Babe the Blue Ox built in 1961
and refurbished recently, is one of the
top tourist attractions in Klamath. In 2007, Babe's
1000 pound, 9 foot wide head fell
to the ground but was replaced. And the
myths such as Babe and Bigfoot continue
to reign supreme.
Trees of Mystery in Klamath is an 0.8 mile groomed interpretive trail through Redwood forests. The Trail of Tall Tales is a portion of the trail devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan.
Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox were said to be a larger-than-life logger and his animal companion made popular around 1910 -1916, when it may have been invented by journalist James MacGillivray, then used for a logging ad campaign (around 1916.)
Sky Trail for those who cannot easily walk the trail provides a ride. And it's worth the short ride, anyway, for those who can hike easily!
Located 36 miles south of the Oregon
border and 320 miles north of San
Francisco, the Klamath River is a
popular sports mecca for outdoor
Trees of Mystery
15500 US Highway 101 North
Klamath, CA. 95548
"A Blackberry Harvest Celebration"
Sponsored by the Klamath Chamber of Commerce
(Please bear in mind that Paul grew up in a logging camp and has the typical sense of humor that most loggers have.)