A Wide Spot on the Avenue–History Preserved
“This Grove is dedicated to the memory of Col. Raynal C. Bolling S.C. USA–Lawyer–Patriot–Soldier,” reads the inscription in part.Wikipedia, “took cover in separate shell holes, which were connected by a ditch that enabled Bolling to see Holder.” After extended machine gun fire, German soldiers approached and shot the unarmed Holder.
According to Wikipedia, “Bolling shot and killed the German with his revolver. The other soldier killed Bolling with two shots, one to the chest and the other to the head.” Holder survived by playing dead but eventually was captured.
But, beyond the slice of history preserved of a world at war, the Bolling Grove also preserves some of humanity’s attempts to hold onto the majesty of the large swaths of forest that once covered this area. The grove is the very first one set aside and protected by Save the Redwoods, an organization that would later help establish the California State Park system. Bolling Grove became a part of that system.
Besides protecting the past, the quiet grove creates a place to explore and play for kids and those with kidlike sensibilities.Elk Creek rushes through ferny banks and around mossy stones. The Avenue of the Giants passes over it on a narrow old bridge with plenty of flat area under it for playing pirate and walk the plank.
After crossing under the highway, look for this pocket tree. Let a child clamber in for a fun photo.
Coming from either the north or the south, look for the road sign for Eel Rock and Fort Seward on your right. A paved parking area is on the east side of the Avenue. Drive the whole Avenue or heading south on 101 get off in Myers Flat and drive south a little less than five minutes. Or, heading north on 101 get off at the Miranda exit, turn left on the Avenue of the Giants and drive a bit more than 10 minutes.