Guided Tours and Forest Bathing
Exclusive to guests of the Benbow Historic Inn
Utilize our experienced local Naturalist Guides to make the most of your visit to the Redwoods! A Private Guided Tour is often the highlight of our guests’ visit. Let our Naturalists unravel the many wonders of this place for a more in depth and intimate experience.
Due to the deep ecology of the ancient Redwood Forest, emerging data on Sequoia sempervirens, and the long creation history of the many parks that protect this forest, the area can be challenging to explore and fully appreciate as a visitor.
All tours are Private Programs that can be customized to meet your interests and abilities, let us do the planning for you! Tours are approximately 3 hours in length, beginning and ending in the lobby of the Benbow Historic Inn.
Forest Bathing Tour:
Forest Therapy is scientifically proven to improve physical, mental, and emotional health outcomes. It is not a ‘hike’ or a vigorous form of exercise, nor is it a naturalist walk. Forest Bathing is designed to be accessible and therapeutic for individuals from all walks of life. Forest Bathing has been scientifically shown to reduce stress, boost immune function, restore attention, improve sleep, mood, memory and much more. Forest Bathing is the practice of spending mindful time in the forest, and is perfect for those that want a calm, slow, and peaceful experience
This program is perfect for those that want a calm, slow, and peaceful experience. On these adventure experiences, we tend to not walk more than half a mile. Our time is spent sauntering in the forest, sitting, contemplating, and breathing.
Our experienced local Naturalists will guide your group through this process of a mindful, slow-paced forest experience. This is a great way to slow down and feel the forest more deeply as you learn of the wonders of the ancient Redwoods.
Originating in Japan as “shinrin-yoku”, this activity has been shown to have a plethora of benefits to our bodies, physically and mentally that are measurable in reduced stress, increased immunity and enhanced emotional well-being. Forest Bathing invites participants into a process of self-discovery that aims to reconcile the separation between who we think we are and what we naturally are.
Avenue of the Giants Redwood Forest Eco Tour:
The Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods Park is the largest remaining contiguous old-growth coastal redwood forest in the world. The deep ecology of the forest, emerging science for Sequoia sempervirens, and the long conservation history of the parks can make this area difficult to learn, appreciate, and explore fully on your own.
This Tour features an extensive variety of plant life as well as the option to see Founders Tree, once considered to be the world’s tallest tree at 346.1 ft. Another highlight of the hike is the now fallen Dyerville Giant, another former world record holder. After a half mile walk through Founders Grove, a short drive away, the tour continues through Rockefeller Grove, just across the Eel River. This is a family-friendly hike and is accessible to disabled persons as well.
Private Tours are $125/person and include transportation to and from the Benbow as well as a Forest Bathing expert.
Please contact us via email to request a time slot for your tour. Morning and afternoon tours are available.
*All tours are weather permitting.
*Tours are good for groups of 2-6 guests.
*Larger Groups Possible with Advance Notice.