Parks in Humboldt County

NORTHERN HUMBOLDT

Prairie Creek State Park 

  • Cabins:  You don’t need a tent or an RV to enjoy the beautiful old growth redwoods! Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers you access to “get-away-from-it-all” rental cabins.
  • Four cabins, all of which are ADA accessible, are located within Elk Prairie Campground within Redwood National and State Parks.
  • Cabins have electricity; heaters and lights. No kitchen or bathroom.
  • Maximum occupancy is 6 persons. Each cabin has 2 bunk beds, each with a twin over a double in size, no mattress pads. Guest need to bring their own bedding. Space for a small tent outside to accommodate an additional 2 people max.
  • Cabin rate includes entry for one vehicle; additional vehicles will be charged $8 per night.
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking, cooking or open flame inside the cabins. Cabins each have an outdoor Barbecue, fire pit, bear box and picnic bench.
For more information on the cabins or to make a reservation go to www.reservecalifornia.com
*Credit Card required for check in process.
Phone Numbers:  Prairie Creek Visitor Center  (707) 488-2039  Elk Prairie Campground Entrance  (707) 488-2171
TRAILERS/MOTORHOMES Additional Info:
Gold Bluffs Beach & Davison Rd: No Trailers/Max motorhome 24'
Elk Prairie campground: Max trailer: 24'/Motor Home:27'
Fifty miles north of Eureka, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park protects sandy beaches and open meadows grazed by magnificent herds of Roosevelt elk. Ferns cascade down canyon walls. Lush stands of the world's tallest living tree species, the coast redwood, stand in primeval majesty.
Visitors can stay at either Elk Prairie or Gold Bluffs Beach campgrounds and explore the park via three scenic drives, 75 miles of hiking trails, and a 19-mile bike loop. Traverse self-guided nature trails, as well as the Revelation Trail (designed to emphasize the use of the five senses) and the Redwood Access Trail, (designed for people with physical limitations.) Many visitors take the gentle walk to Fern Canyon, which was used as a backdrop for the movie Jurassic Park. Most of the park is dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of coast redwoods and the luxuriant life around them.
Stately and bizarre giant redwoods (including "cathedrals" and "octopuses") are just a short walk from the visitor center. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Prairie Creek and the three other parks in the Redwood National and State Parks group protect 45 percent of California's remaining old-growth redwoods.

Redwood proportion

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Big Lagoon County Beach Park 

Features: Day-use area with beach and lagoon access, restrooms, boat ramp to lagoon, $5 day-use fee (per vehicle), Campground (25 sites, first-come/first-serve, seven-night maximum, coin-operated showers, on-site camphost), $25 camping fee, Kayaks available for rent from Kayak Zaks – (707) 498-1130 or www.kayakzak.com Adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons State Park (managed by California State Parks).
Directions:  Seven miles north of Trinidad.  Exit Highway 101 at Big Lagoon Park Road and follow signs.

Clam Beach

Features: Beach access, parking at North Lot, South Lot, and along Clam Beach Drive, access to Hammond Trail at South Lot, Restrooms, campground (15 sites, first-come/first-serve, three-night maximum, no showers), $25 camping fee, no day-use fee, popular for beachcombing, clamming, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, adjacent to Little River State Beach (managed by California State Parks).

Directions:Off Hwy 101 north of McKinleyville.  Take beach exit.

Moonstone Beach

Features: Access to beach, Little River, limited parking, portable restroom, no fee, day-use only, popular for surfing, rock-climbing, adjacent to Merryman’s Beach House (special event venue) – (707) 616-6711 orwww.merrymansbeachhouse.com
Directions:  Take the first Westhaven exit off of 101 North (726A) and take a left on Westhaven Drive S under the Highway. Take a left on Scenic Drive and then a right on Moonstone Beach Road and drive to the end. 

Patrick's Point State Park

Tent Camping, Trailer/RV Camping in designated areas  Beach access and trail. 

Trinidad Head Trail

Trail starts at the parking lot and goes to the Trinidad Cross.

Trinidad State Park

Located off Stagecoach Road in Triniidad.  Day use, picnicking and restrooms.

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT

A.W.  Way County Park

Features:
  • Day-use area with access to the Mattole River, 
Campground (30 sites, first-come/first-serve, seven-night maximum, coin-operated showers), 
  • $5 day-use fee, 
$25 per night camping fee, 
  • On-site park caretaker
 Directions

31 miles west of HWY 101; exit South Fork/Honeydew (22 miles north of Garberville) or 35 miles south of Ferndale on Mattole Road. 

Centerville Beach, Ferndale

Features:  Beach access, no fee, day-use only
 Directions: West of the City of Ferndale along Centerville Road.

Crab Park, Ferndale

Features: Day-use area with access to Eel River estuary, no fee,day-use only, limited parking
 Directions: Off Hwy. 101 take Fernbridge exit, cross the bridge and follow Crab Park signs.
Freshwater Park
  • Day-use area with river access, picnic tables, playground
  • $5 day-use fee (per vehicle)
  • Group reservations ($250 for gazebo, $450 for gazebo and west park area)
  • Day-use only
  • Directions 7 miles east of Eureka on Freshwater Road

Humboldt Bay Trail

Overview
The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of paved paths connecting the communities around Humboldt Bay. Efforts are actively underway to complete a continuous 14-mile, non-motorized trail from central Arcata to the southern end of Eureka. This trail will increase road safety, provide a low-cost travel alternative, expand recreational opportunities, improve community livability, and promote active, healthy transportation. The trail is being constructed in phases by the cities of Eureka and Arcata and Humboldt County, with support from Caltrans, the North Coast Railroad Authority, California Coastal Conservancy, and many other entities. Construction funding is secured for all but the final four miles of the trail, a section called the “Humboldt Bay Trail South” Project, which extends from the Target store near Eureka Slough to the Bracut Industrial Park near Bayside Cutoff.

Jimmy Smith Fields Landing Boat Launching Facility

Features:  Boat ramp to Humboldt Bay, restrooms, picnic tables, no fee, day-use only
 Directions: 5 miles south of Eureka; exit HWY 101 at Fields Landing; 1/2 mile west on Railroad Avenue

McKay Community Forest 

Draft Trail Plan (NEW)
On January 30, 2019, Humboldt County Public Works released the draft McKay Community Forest Trail Plan for public review. The purpose of the Trail Plan is to provide a blueprint for the development of trails, access points, and amenities to support recreational and educational activities within the Community Forest.  Comments on the draft plan can be submitted by 5:00 pm, March 1, 2019, to Hank Seemann via e-mail (hseemann@co.humboldt.ca.us  hseemann@co.humboldt.ca.us) or hard-copy (1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501).
Complete Trail Plan - Text, Maps, Attachments (78 MB)
Text Only (3 MB)
Maps (50 MB)
Attachments (25 MB)
Overview
On August 21, 2014, Humboldt County purchased 1,000 acres of forestland southeast of Eureka to establish a community forest. The property was acquired from Green Diamond Resource Company in collaboration with The Trust for Public Land, with funding from the California Natural Resources Agency, State Coastal Conservancy, and California Wildlife Conservation Board. The community forest will be managed for multiple purposes including public access and recreation, timber harvest, and watershed and resource conservation.
Future Plans
Humboldt County is working with The Trust for Public Land and Green Diamond to consider a potential Phase II acquisition of 197 acres that would expand the southern portion of the McKay Community Forest. Depending on available funding and appraisal results, this Phase II expansion could be completed in mid-2019.

Mad River County Park

Features
  • Access to beach, dunes, Mad River
  • Boat ramp to Mad River
  • No fee
  • Day-use only
  • Popular for beachcombing, surfperch fishing
Directions
5 miles northwest of Arcata; exit west on Guintoli Lane and follow signs.

Margarite Lockwood County Park

Features
  • No fee
  • Day-use only

Pedrazzini Boat Ramp

Features
  • Boat ramp to lower Eel River
  • No fee
  • Day-use only
Directions
West of community of Loleta.  Eel River Drive to Cannibal Island Road to Cock Robin Island Road, on north side of Cock Robin Island bridge.

Samoa Campground and Boat Ramp

Features
  • Campground (25 tent sites, 13 RV sites, first-come/first-serve, seven-night maximum, coin-operated showers)
  • Boat ramp to Humboldt Bay
  • No day-use fee 
  • $25 camping fee
  • Adjacent to Samoa Dunes Recreation Area (managed by Bureau of Land Management)
  • Popular for access to ATV riding at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
 Directions
From Eureka, turn west on HWY 255, cross Samoa Bridge; 5 miles south on New Navy Base Road.

Table Bluff Beach Park

Features
Day use area with beach access.  No fee.
Directions
9.7 miles south of Eureka; exit HWY 101 at Hookton Road toward Loleta; 3 miles west on Hookton Road to Table Bluff Road; 1.9 miles northwest on Table Bluff Road; take slight right onto S Jetty Road and look for sign.   

Van Duzen County Park (Swimmers Delight & Pamplin Grove)

Features
  • Day-use area with access to Van Duzen River, trails, old-growth redwoods - $5 day-use fee
  • Swimmers Delight Campground (30 sites, first-come/first-serve, seven-night maximum, coin-operated showers)
    • Individual camping fee (Swimmers Delight): $25 per night and $10 per electrical hookup.
  • Pamplin Grove Campground (group campsite, reservations required) 

    • Group Camping Fee (Pamplin Grove) Open May 1 to October 31
      • Weekends & Holidays $650
      • Weekdays, Excluding Holidays $350
      • Weekdays, Special Groups $275
      • Refundable Cleaning Deposit $100 
 Directions
12 miles east of HWY 101 on HWY 36