Real Christmas Trees for a real Christmas in Chico, CA
Butte County Ca
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When going to choose and cut a Real Christmas Tree from Chico, CA drive south on HWY 99. Exit right but TURN LEFT at the road (go east over the freeway towards the Butte County College) at the Butte College exit, which is Pentz Durham Road. Drive past Butte College. At Clark Road do not turn towards Paradise Ca or Oroville Ca but continue straight on Pentz Durham Road past the lions, tigers and bears at Kirshner’s until the road ends at Pentz Road. TURN RIGHT and continue for a very short distance to the end of Pentz Road. Here you will TURN LEFT onto HWY 70 and you will be driving EAST towards Reno. You will begin to see evergreen trees along the way and you will cross Lake Oroville….you won’t need a boat because the State of California built a bridge just for you. Continue up the Hwy. When you see Yankee Hill Road on the right, you are getting close to the LEFT TURN onto Lunt Road. If you begin to go downhill on Lunt Road, you are going the correct way. At the bottom of the hill, Lunt Road ends at Nelson Bar Road. TURN RIGHT You are minutes away. Look out for the deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, bob cats Mr Fox and his many bunnie friends. We are dog friendly but we do not want you to lose your pet if he chases the wild animals into the woods. If your pet will listen to you, please feel free to bring your friend. There may be loose farm animals as you drive thru the bucolic country side; please do not run over the cows on your way to find a real Christmas tree. We hope you did not forget your camera. Keep a watch on the right side for Christmas Tree Farm signs and CANDY CANES. TURN RIGHT into the driveway.
There are many photo ops on the route and you may stop several times on your family outing to the tree farm. If you want Santa to be waiting for you when you arrive, please take a moment to call from a cell phone at the top of Lunt Road right after you turn left off HWY 70. This is a good place to stop to get a picture of Northern California a clear day. Chico is just out of sight behind a foothill. Paradise in in the trees on the ridge across the canyon. There is space to pull out of the traffic. It takes me 30 minutes to commute to Chico State every day.
Driving directions from Paradise, California in Butte County Northern CALIFORNIA
Driving time from Clark and Pearson:
1. If I am driving; 20 minutes
2. If my wife is driving; 30 minutes
3. If my mother was driving; all day
4. If you are driving; you may want to take your time and enjoy the scenery so it may take 45 minutes.
Well… It depends on where you are at in Paradise. The best exit from Paradise would normally be to take Pentz Road and drive as though you were going to the Butte County seat in Oroville. I say this would normally be the best route, however, if there were snow…one may choose to use Clark Road, again heading towards the Butte County seat in Oroville. Either way, when you get to HWY 70, you would need to turn LEFT.
Once on HWY 70, proceed towards Reno. You will climb out of the valley into the foot hills. The drive is scenic when there is actually water in Lake Oroville. Even when there is no water in the Butte County lake, the scenery is not bad and there is hardly ever any traffic. You will cross the West Branch of the Feather River (Lake Oroville) and see road names such as Truex Road and Rich Gulch. Watch on the right for Yankee Hill Road. Do not turn here, it just means you are getting close to Lunt Road, on your left, where you WILL turn. You want to turn left and go down a hill; if you are on Lunt Road and goin’ up a hill, you turned right. As you look out towards the next ridge you will see where you came from, that is, Paradise, CA. If you missed Lunt Road on the left you will see Lunt Road on the right. It goes up hill and, if you do not have a GPS, you will most likely get you lost, if you do not know the area. Don’t fret if you missed Lunt Road, I will tell you where to turn later on this page. For those of your that are driving down hill on Lunt Road, you will come to the end of the road. This will be the intersection of Lunt Road and Nelson Bar Road. You will want to turn RIGHT. Turning left will take you to a dead end. If you turned RIGHT onto Nelson Bar Road you will be getting close. You will drive past a pond on the left and then a red barn on the right. This brings you to a “hairpin” turn and a place where addresses do not seem to make sense. After the hairpin turn look for Candy Canes and a circular saw blade on the RIGHT. If you are not the first tree cutter of the day you will see cars in a parking lot with children running all about and Butte County Christmas trees tied to the roof of some cars. Please be careful and avoid driving over the little ones; they will mess up your car.
It is suggested that you back into a parking space so your vehicle will be pointed out. We have parking lot attendants but they are sometimes called away to help a grandma cut her tree and bring it to the parking lot. If the attendants are not there, someone may park in a manner that makes it difficult for you to turn around. When you park, please keep this in mind so you do not make it difficult for someone else.
OK…now, for the folks that missed the Lunt Road turn: Just after Lunt Road is a HWY 70 “lookout”. You can turn into the lookout and go back to Lunt Road. Since turning into the lookout may be scary for some because the entrance is in a HWY 70 curve and you do not have a good view of oncoming traffic, you can simply drive on to the next road on the left, which is Concow Road. There is good visibility if the weather cooperates and there is a turn lane. Once you have turned LEFT onto Concow Road continue past Pinkston Canyon Road and turn left, at the school, onto Nelson Bar road. After a hairpin turn and the summit, look on the LEFT for Candy Cane and a red circular saw blade. If you are not the first tree cutter of the day, you will most likely see a parking lot full of small children darting about and vehicles with trees tied on their roofs. It is wise to maneuver your car so it is faced out so you do not have to turn around if the lot gets full.
We have attendants to help but they may have gone to help someone’s grandma cut a tree.