Humboldt County

Humboldt County's coastline stretches for more than 100 miles. In the north it is heavily forested, with steep bluffs, rocky tidepools, and three large lagoons. You can explore several accessible trails through the redwoods and observe majestic Roosevelt elk at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. At Patrick's Point State Park, north of Trinidad, you can look for whales from blufftops with stunning views and visit a replica of a native Yurok village.

Along the central portion of the coast is Humboldt Bay, California's second largest natural bay and the North Coast's only deep-water port. North of the Bay, the accessible five-mile-long Hammond Trail travels through woods and open fields, with views of the ocean and dunes. Along the bay's northern edge is the Arcata Wildlife Sanctuary,a haven for more than 250 species of birds, where you can stroll a self-guided nature trail and visit the interpretive center. At Fort Humboldt, on a bluff in Eureka overlooking the bay, you can learn about life at this former U.S. Army outpost, established in 1853.

The southernmost portion of Humboldt's coastline, known as the Lost Coast, is so steep and rugged that Highway 101 swings eastward to avoid it.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Leah Lewkowicz)
Prairie Creek Redwoods State ParkSue-Meg State ParkFort Humboldt State Historic ParkRedwood National and State Parks

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