Day Trips


Relax in Nature

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
In this 1,036 acres of sandy marshland on the Pacific Flyway, more than 200 species of birds have been sighted among the wild flowers and tules. Fishing, boating, and camping.

Jedediah Smith Visitor Center
Located on Highway 101 at Hiouchi, Jedediah Smith Park has a nature museum, campgrounds, picinic area, and a gift shop. Many hiking trails begin at the visitor center. During summer, come enjoy Ranger-led walks, junior Ranger programs, and evening campfire programs. Open from May 20th to September 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is open only on the weekends during the winter. For more information, please, call (707) 458-3496.

Prairie Creek Visitor Center
The Prairie Creek Park is found just off Highway 101, along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. The park contains a nature museum, campground, gift shop, video room and picnic area. It is also where 70 miles of trails start. During summer, come enjoy Ranger-led walks, junior Ranger programs, and evening campfire programs. Open daily March through October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Wednesday through Sunday in November through February from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please, call (707) 465-7354.

Redwood National Park
The ecosystem in Redwood National Park is the home of diverse life and the planet’s most majestic forests. The Park staff works at preserving the area’s biological diversity so that generations to come can enjoy the extreme beauty of this old growth forest. Take in the majesty as the redwoods and huckleberry bushes tower over you. Observe the Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairies. Watch female Chinooks salmon make nests for their eggs. Listen to the endangered marbled murrelets call out as they fly from the ocean to their mossy nest. Redwood National Park is home to some of the tallest trees in the world and has hundreds of miles in hiking trails.

Richardson Grove State Park
1,000 acre day-use park with picnic areas, swimming, fishing, nature trails, a visitor center, summer campfire programs, food concession, and camping.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park
51,222 acres, over 100 memorial and picnic groves, riding, hiking, nature trails, Eel River swimming, fishing, rafting and camping

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Just minutes from the Bayshore mall, Fort Humboldt State Park is an oasis tucked within Eureka’s city limits.  Pack a picnic lunch and prepare for a calm afternoon meandering through historic logging displays and short walking tour. more »

Rockefeller State Park
Plan on taking this Rockefeller Forest day trip to see some breathtaking redwood trees and the Eel River. Check out photos and info about Rockefeller State Park by clicking the above link.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
East of Hwy. 101 on Highway 36, 393 densely forested acres. Swim and fish in the Van Duzen River. Camping. Wheelchair accessible. Check out photos and info about Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by clicking the above link.

Van Duzen County Park
Redwood Groves and Fun on the River. Twelve miles east of Highway 101 on the Van Duzen River; old-growth redwoods, two drive-in campgrounds, picnic sites and group camping. Swimmers Delight offers year-round facilities.

Patrick’s Point State Park
This park is 24 miles north of Eureka, covering 632 acres and has a voodsy plateau 200 feet above the beach. Featuring hiking, nature trail, outdoor museum of natural and area history and a sea lion lookout. Agate and Jade hunting on the beach as well as fishing and tidepools.

Fern Canyon
Fern Canyon may seem familiar to you. This striking setting was used in 1997 as a backdrop for scenes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and again for the BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs in 1999. With these famous cinematography credits to its name, Fern Canyon has become a must-see attraction on the North Coast.

Sequoia Park and Zoo
3414 W Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Sequoia Park in Eureka has something for everyone! The park has 77 acres of redwood forest, picnic areas, playgrounds and a duck pond. The Sequoia Park Zoo has been in operation since 1907 and has recently been upgraded and improved. The zoo has a café and gift shop, and seasonal flower garden.

Freshwater County Park
Freshwater Rd.
Freshwater Park east of Eureka is perfect for picnics and other social events. You can reserve areas of the park for weddings and large gatherings. It includes gazebos, water and electricity, along with cooking facilities and restrooms. The creek is dammed during the summer for swimming.

Headwaters Forest Reserve
Bureau of Land Management
Arcata Office
This park has two trails, one 5-½ mile trail made from an old logging road on the northern section and a four-mile trail on the southern section. It can be accessed from the Elk River area and from Fortuna. Both trails showcase the beautiful old growth redwoods growing in the area.

Samoa Boat Ramp County Park
Samoa Peninsula
This park features a boat launch into Humboldt Bay, RV facilities, campgrounds, and miles of beach. It is a perfect area for kite flyers, surfers, or those who simply want to explore the coast.

Fields Landing Boat Ramp County Park
South Humboldt Bay
Fields Landing, CA
This fee-free access to southern Humboldt Bay is an excellent place to launch boats, kayaks and canoes. There is also a picnic area and places to fish.

The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Samoa Penninsula
Managed by BLM
In its history, the Samoa Dunes has been a food-gathering site for the Wiyote tribe and a Coast Guard outpost during World War II. Today it is a recreational park for hiking, surfing, bird watching, and fishing. It includes access to the North Jetty.

Arcata Community Forest
14th Street
Arcata, CA
Arcata Community Forrest consists of almost 800 acres of trails, mountains and forest. It is great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Azalea State Reserve
5 miles north of Arcata
A 30-acre reserve for the Western Azalea (Rhododendron Occidentale). Includes a self-guided trail that highlights the Azalea and other native plants. A Picnic area is available.

Mad River County Park
No Fee
Consists of two areas; a dune area for hiking and a parking area with a boat ramp into Mad River.

Clam Beach County Park
Hwy 101 North of McKinleyville
Clam Beach is a long and wide stretch of shoreline that has camping areas situated right on the beach. It is a popular area for kite flying and sand castles, and is a good area for surfing. Day use is free, and camping is on a first come, first serve basis.

Luffenholtz Beach County Park
An overlook of the Pacific Ocean two miles south of Trinidad that includes tide pools and a picnic area.

Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
This park is a 140 mile-long stretch of land, starting at the Oregon border and ending at Mendocino County. It includes campsites in meadows and forest alike, along with secluded riverbanks for fishing, kayaking, and white water rafting.

Trinidad State Beach
After a short hike past open bluffs, forest, and wildflowers, you end up at the beautiful Trinidad beach. Here there are tidepools to explore along with a beautiful ocean view. Other areas include a place to picnic and a small spruce forest.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
The Lost Coast
P.O. Box 245
Whitethorn, CA 95489
“The Lost Coast” is made up of the coastline in this state park, which has no nearby highways. This park is perfect for backpackers and primitive camping.

Big Lagoon County Park
North of Trinidad
A great place to use your small boat, windsurf, or fish, Big Lagoon allows you to camp right on the waterside. The campsites offer picnic tables, campfire rings, bathrooms, and payphones. The ocean nearby does not affect the lagoons, so it is quite safe for swimming.

Russ Park
Left on Ocean from Main St.
Russ Park is a bird sanctuary in Ferndale donated to the city in 1920. It includes a forest of Fir, Alder, Spruce and a few Redwoods trees. The Sitka Spruce that grows in the park is rarer than the Redwood tree. There are over 100 acres of bird sanctuary and 3 miles of hiking trail.

Centerville Beach County Park
Ferndale, CA 95536
5 miles west of Ferndale, Centerville Beach consists of 9 miles of beach and picturesque dairy country. This is a great place for bird watching or simply enjoying the view.

A.W. Way County Park
Mattole Rd.
A.W. Way is an ideal place for family camping with excellent swimming holes.

Avenue of the Giants
part of Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Parallels Hwy 101 just south of Scotia to just north of Garberville
Avenue of the Giants is a world famous 31-mile strip of scenic old Highway 31. On this road there are gift shops, camping areas, swimming areas, hiking trails, and numerous other scenic stops. There are also areas to access the Eel River for fishing and swimming.

Tooby Memorial State Park
Sprowell Creek Road
This is a free day-use only park for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. It includes a playground donated by Garberville Rotary.

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area
1600 U.S. Highway 101
Garberville, CA 95542
707-247-3318 Winter
707-923-3238 Summer
On the south fork of the Eel River is the beautiful Benbow Lake, a seasonal swimming and boating area created by a dam. It consists of 1,200 acres and 75 campsites and is open year round. During the summer it is a popular camping spot, while in the winter it is usually used for fishing.

Camp Kimtu
P O Box 8
Willow Creek, CA 95573
This campground offers swimming in the Trinity River, a group campsite, and a year-round lodge. Situated one mile from Downtown Willow Creek, this campground is not too far from the town.

King Range National Conservation Area
BLM Office
1695 Heindon Rd
68,000 acres of tall mountain peaks and low beaches make up the diverse landscape of the King Range National Conservation Area. You can hike the 70 miles of trails and enjoy the high elevation wildlife, which includes the popular Lost Coast Trail. For the surfers and beachcombers, there is plenty of ocean to behold, including the Intriguing Black Sands beach.

Van Duzen: Swimmers Delight
Just as the name implies, Swimmers Delight, located 12 miles east of highway 101 on HWY 36, is a great place to swim. The park includes multiple swimming holes, hiking trails and showers. It is open for both day-use and camping.

Hammond Trail
A free hiking and biking area that consists of a 2.4 mile trail linking Arcata and McKinleyville, a hiking loop north of Murray road, and a trail that runs north of Vista Point on HWY 101. Dogs and Horses are allowed.

Little River State Park
This area, located 13 miles north of Eureka, includes dunes and a broad open beach. On the North of the park is Little River, and on the south is Clam Beach.

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
This facility is both a wastewater treatment plant and marsh habitat that attracts about 150,000 visitors a year. It includes hiking trails, bird watching, a fishery, and a brackish/salt water marsh.