Humboldt County

California’s Redwood Coast in Humboldt County California.

Trinidad, California

Trinidad, on the north coast of California, 285 miles north of San Francisco and 75 miles south of the Oregon border. The regional airport is located just 10 minutes away in McKinleyville, with connections to San Francisco. Trinidad is a beach community of 350 residents and is one of the smallest incorporated towns in California, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

A public fishing pier, marine lab, incredible beaches, natural history museum, cafes, restaurants, gift shops, a surf shop, and lots more to discover in this quaint fishing village. Great hikes including a 4 mile round trip hike through Trinidad State Park to Elk and and College Cove Beach and a 2 mile loop around Trinidad Head (image to the left).

Old Town Eureka, California

With its central location and proximity to numerous attractions, Eureka is the ideal hub from which to branch out on your Redwood Coast adventures.

The town was born and raised in the timber industry of the mid-1800s, some fishing on the side, and a well-earned reputation for being a bit wild. Eureka’s waterfront could give the Barbary Coast a run for its money, so much so that writer Jack London came here in search of authentic tough guys on which to base his characters. Today things are quieter, but Eureka retains many reminders of its bustling past.

Historic Old Town Eureka: Located in C through M Streets between 1st & 7th. Dine, shop and take in the sights of Eureka’s historic section of town. Stroll the Boardwalk overlooking Humboldt Bay at the foot of F Street.

Old Town Carriage Company

Take in the sights of Historic Old Town Eureka while riding in a horse drawn carriage.

Brendan Fearon will guide you on a most unique & informative tour of Eureka’s once bustling commercial district.  Great for a family outing or to spark a little romance with an evening ride. Look for the carriage at the Gazebo on 2nd & F streets.

Also available for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and special events throughout Humboldt County. Call or email to find out more.

Taste @ Humboldt Bay Tourism Center

Stop in the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and enjoy delicious Humboldt food while you explore the great things you can do while visiting our region.

  • Beer – Wine – Cheese – Oysters

  • Breads – Chocolates – Deserts

Taste features local wines selected by the Humboldt Wine Association and beers on tap from six Humboldt breweries.  They serve cheeses from award-winning creameries and fresh breads from local bakeries and made from locally sourced grains.  Artisan-made chocolates round out there tasting menu.

They also have many rotating foods and beverages to taste from to keep you around Humboldt just a little longer.

Holly Yashi

Known throughout the world for its luminous colors and innovative design styles.

Holly Yashi’s handcrafted, award winning jewelry is made right here in Humboldt County and sold in more than 1,100 upscale galleries and boutiques nation wide and has been featured in magazines, movies and television shows.

Enjoy a guided tour through our design studio and see Holly Yashi jewelry being handcrafted.  We offer one public tour each weekday at 11am free of charge.  The walking tour lasts about 30 minutes.  Your tour guide will give you a brief history of Holly Yashi and walk you through the 4,800 sq. ft. design building while explaining and showing the steps of our jewelry production.

http://www.hollyyashi.com/

BIGFOOT MUSEUM

See Bigfoot’s footprint.  The Willow Creek – China Flat Museum highlights the history of logging in and around Willow Creek, and is perhaps best known for its collection of materials on Bigfoot!

Take a sentimental journey back to the days of the early pioneers of this beautiful mountain community as you browse through the museum’s wonderful collection of things from the past. A part of the permanent collection is a complete replication of a miner’s cabin.

Then head on over to the Big Foot Exhibit. The Bigfoot exhibit has pictures, newspaper articles, maps ofsightings , Bigfoot casts, which have been made with a plaster like material to replicate the foot prints that have been collected over the years and donated to the museum. Come… see our collection and read all about Bigfoot!

PRAIRIE CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK IN REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK

Prairie Creek Redwoods, a California State Park, is sanctuary to old growth redwood forest.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers:

  • A 10-mile scenic drive through ancient redwoods on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

  • 75 miles of hiking trails, bicycle trails, + self-guided nature trails

  • Picnic areas in the redwoods & on the beach

  • Wildlife viewing includes Roosevelt elk, whale watching, and interesting birding (spotted owl andmarbled murrelette)

  • Accessible trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations

  • Beach wheel chair is available for Gold Bluffs beach, call 707-465-7346

Fire & Light Glass Company

Fire & Light was formed in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass.  Join us for a tour to experience the creation of the product and the community from which it originates. Tours are available Mondays through Fridays at 10am and 12pm with 24 hours notice. The Showroom Seconds Sale is open every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Must call 24 hrs in advance to reserve a tour.  This tour is free.

Casinos

Stay and play at some of the best Native American Casinos on the West Coast.

Cherae Heights Casino

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel

Bear River Hotel and Casino

Mountain Biking

Bicycling through Humboldt County is a great way to see parts of the area you would not normally see from a car. Use this guide to take you through bicycle trails you’ll want to take again and again.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Ossagon Trail: Ancient redwoods, Sitka spruce and ocean views are all a part of this ride. Begin at the Elk Prairie Visitor Center for this 19 mile loop through the redwoods and Sitka spruce out to the coast and back.

Lost Man Creek Trail – This scenic hike and bike trail, located in Redwood National Park takes you  through the redwood forest. Eleven miles combine with Bald Hills Rd. and Hwy 101 for a 20 1/2 mile loop. The Trailhead begins at Lost Man Creek picnic area. It is a moderate trail with some steep grades.

Surfing

The North Coast is home to some of the best surfing breaks in California.

Beginners like Moonstone Beach near Trinidad, California.  Experts like the Mouth of Hunboldt Bay and along the Samoa Peninsula (Bunkers).

Camle Rock, just north of Moonstone Beach is a great moderate break.

Visit Salties in Trinidad, California for rentals and surf information.

Call Moonstone Beach Surf Camp for instruction.

Kayaking

California’s North Coast region offers some of the finest kayaking & rafting opportunities in the west.

The multitude of waterways, Humboldt Bay, Humboldt Wild Life Refuge,  The Lagoons, rivers-Trinity River,  estuaries & sloughs -Eel River Estuary, Mad River Slough, Hookton Slough and coastline, Trinidad Harbor, contain plenty of choices for the first time paddler or wilderness-paddling fanatic alike.  Some great guides and places to rent are:

Kayak Zaks

Humboats Kayak Adventure

Pacific Outfitters

Wine Tasting

Enjoy a glass of wine on the Redwood Coast

With more than 20 wineries, Humboldt County has some of the most original and distinctive wines on the North Coast. Savor a glass of wine, tour one of our outstanding vineyards or wineries, and see for yourself what makes Humboldt County’s wines so flavorful and unique.

Visit Taste at Humboldt Bay Toursim Center and explore local wines selected by the Humboldt Wine Association and beers on tap from six Humboldt breweries.  They serve cheeses from award-winning creameries and fresh breads from local bakeries and made from locally sourced grains.  Artisan-made chocolates round out their tasting menu.

Humboldt State University

Learning to Make a Difference

Learning to make a difference is a core value at Humboldt State University, and service learning, civic engagement, and social responsibility are incorporated into many of our courses. We also strongly endorse diversity in its many facets, and strive to reflect it in our academic and employment policies and practices.

You’ll find HSU students are action-minded, self-reliant, adventuresome, and creative. They thrive on countless opportunities for hands-on research, a rarity in undergraduate training. Students here learn by doing as well as studying.

http://www2.humboldt.edu/explore/

Ocean Fishing

Oceans, Rivers, Lagoons and Humboldt Bay –  If you like to fish, we’ve got the spot.

Northwind Charters – Sport Fishing Trinidad, CA 707-601-0034 or 707-616-5803   Salmon, tuna, rockfish, halibut salt and fresh water sport fishing experts.

Shandoah – The Shenandoah is a 44 foot diesel cruiser. With over 100 feet of rail space each passenger has plenty of room to fish. We are only minutes from the fishing grounds, making two trips daily. (707)677-9485

Reel Steel – Woodley Island / Eureka Humboldt Bay  Custom fishing charters for groups of four of less. We provide all tackle and bait. With over 30 years experience fishing local waters. 707-499-4925.

Bird Watching

The Redwood Coast – a naturalist’s dream.  Home to the world’s tallest trees and endless coastlines, California’s northcoast offers year-round birding opportunities. Each season hosts a various selection of species, from a few to tens of thousands.

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge:
The refuge has been described as one of the most important areas in the U.S. south of Alaska for the Aleutian cackling geese. The park offers two trails, along the tidal slough and near some of the refuge’s best shorebird viewing areas.

The Arcata Marsh: At low tide, thousands of shore birds can be seen foraging on the mud flats of Humboldt Bay. While the Sanctuary is populated by birds year round, the largest variety of birds can be seen during Fall and Spring migrations.

Micro Breweries

Besides the Big Trees, Humboldt County offers exceptional microbrewery experiences, as many adventuresome foodies have discovered

Here’s a roundup of the best of the beer halls, which have won oodles of national awards and host happening happy hours, where locals and visitors alike are welcomed as old friends. They include the U.S.’s first certified organic brewery and one of the first female brewmasters.

Lost Coast Brewery

Eel River Brewery

Mad River Brewery

Six Rivers Brewery

Humboldt Beer Tours

The best way to experience all six Humboldt County Microbreweries

Public beer tours can be reserved at, and depart from, the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center located at 205 G St. in Old Town Eureka.

Humboldt County currently has 5 production breweries (Mad River Brewing Co., Eel River Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. and Six Rivers Brewery) and the regions first CSB (Community Supported Brewery) nano-brewery, Humboldt Regeneration.

http://humboldtbeertours.com/book-your-tour/

River Rafting on the Trinity River

Willow Creek, California

During the summer an hour’s drive due east of Arcata via Hwy 299 will bring you to the warm, sunny mountain town of Willow Creek and the cool clear waters of the Trinity River. The Trinity River is well known for its rafting and kayaking opportunities. Take a guided tour or rent a complete set up – inflatable raft or kayak to complete your own trip down the river.

Redwoods and Rivers Rafting Company

Six Rivers Rafting Company

Bigfoot Rafting Company

Ferndale, California

Virtually unchanged since the 1800s, Ferndale, Calif. (pop. 1,382) is a living history museum of Victorian and other architectural treasures.

Nestled in a verdant, pastoral valley near Northern California’s redwood forests, Ferndale was founded in 1852. A prosperous dairy industry provided the economic base, and the blend of agriculture and architecture produced splendidly ornate buildings that are known today as “Butterfat Palaces.

Stroll the town’s Historic Main Street District, whereart galleries, antique shops and boutiquescomplement a dazzling array of 19th-century Gothic Revival, Italianate, Eastlake and Queen Anne homes.

Horse Back Riding

Guided horseback rides into Redwood National Park. All tours include guided, interpretive tour of local history, flora & fauna.

Choose your ride:

  • One and half hour Goose Pen Ride: Travel up the mountian thru various stages of the redwood forest, get your picture taken on your horse inside one of these giant wonders.

  • Two hour Majestic Ride: Travel up past the goose pen to see a majestic grove of untouched old growth redwoods.

  • Four hour Picnic Ride: Saddle up with the Buckarettes to trek through the ancient old growth forests of Redwood National Park. At the 1/2 way point, we’ll stop and have lunch under the trees before heading back down the trail. Lunch is included.

www.redwoodcreekbuckarettes.com

Avenue of the Giants

Surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this world-famous scenic drive is by far the most outstanding display of giant trees in the California redwood belt.

This 31-mile portion of historic Highway 101, which runs parallel to the modern Highway 101 and is accessible by most vehicles, is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.  Ave. of the Giants Google Map.

Picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft or bike ride in the cool hush of the redwood forest. As the main artery into the heart of Humboldt Redwoods State Park the Avenue of the Giants provides access to numerous hiking trails and memorial groves. Stop at the posted trail heads and access roads–you won’t be disappointed! There are also a number of spots from which you can access the Eel River for fishing, swimming and other water fun.

Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours

Humboldt Bay is world-renowned for its Pacific Oysters including famous brands like Kumomoto and Bucksport. Tours are available by motorboat from Woodley Island in Eureka or by kayak from the Arcata Marsh.  This interactive tour includes oyster farming history, harvesting techniques, bay and marsh ecology, boat safety, hands-on oyster harvesting, and includes three oysters to take home or to the restaurant of your choice.  The Humboldt Bay Oyster Tour takes two hours and is run rain or shine.

Motorboat tour is $75 per person and there is a one hour boat tour available for $55.

OYSTER BAR: If you want to stay off the water, visit our Tasting Room and Oyster Bar for our local favorites of farm fresh oysters, beer, wine, cheese, and breads, in Old Town Eureka.  205 G Street Eureka, (2nd & G Sts.)  CA 95501.

Madaket

Take a guided tour on the Madaket, the nation’s oldest passenger ferry. This 8.5 mile one-hour cruise travels along the Eureka Waterfront. Narration includes all points of interest, including the discoveries of Humboldt Bay, timber industry, wildlife, shipping, maritime history and activity, Indian history and more. This is a great way to learn about the Humboldt Bay area!

Seasonal Schedule mid-May til Oct, runs daily.  Check website for schedule

The Madaket is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported mill workers and families around Humboldt Bay. Built in 1910 and refurbished in 1989, she remains as a reminder of Eureka’s bustling waterfront era. Since the completion of a local bridge in 1972, that put the ferry business out of business, the vessel regained a new life as Humboldt Bay’s harbor cruise flag boat.

Arcata, California

Arcata’s lovely downtown, expansive forests, and laid back style is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face

Across the northern stretch of Humboldt Bay from Eureka, the colorful buildings of Arcata are clearly visible. The two cities are only minutes apart by highway, but are distinct in character. Originally named Union, Arcata’s beginnings go back to the Gold Rush when she was a shipping and supply center for the miners on the Trinity River.

The docks are long gone, but Arcata retains (and celebrates) a sense of her uniqueness. Sprawling over the hillside above Arcata, Humboldt State University dominates the city and promotes a youthful, artistic and intellectual ambiance.

Eureka Ghost Tours

Eureka’s only “Ghost Tour”

Join us and learn about Eureka’s bawdy past and its haunted present. From its rough and tumble beginnings Eureka has been a wide open town, and as you will learn not all of its stories can be explained. As you tour the streets of Old Town learn what happened in Opera Alley, and what is underneath 2nd Street. Find out about Captain Buhne’s tragic loss, and what is upstairs in Ruby’s Room. Tours last around an hour and a half. We guarantee you will never forget “Eureka’s other side of history.”

Relax and enjoy our tour as we take you on a walk through time.

Eureka Mural Tour

Humboldt County is home to hundreds of artists, and this fact is apparent when one notices the numerous murals that adorn many of the Eureka area buildings.

This self-guided tour spotlights magnificent murals painted on the sides of buildings. Renowned local artist Duane Flatmo has painted many of these, some humorous and some depicting historical views of the area.