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Discover the Coast @ Eureka

Land stretches out into the Pacific Ocean.  Trees in the foreground and a beach in distance.

Eureka is at the heart of Humboldt County, which offers more than 100 miles of achingly beautiful California coastline, sandy beaches, rocky tidepools and rugged cliffs.  Families and vacationers visit Humboldt to connect with nature.

Whether you choose a gentle stroll among towering redwoods, a challenging mountain trail or a backcountry tour by car or motorcycle, you will find a wild, unspoiled slice of California.

Birdwatching, whale watching and beachcombing beckon those who enjoy the milder side of the coast.  Sailing, mountain biking, road bike touring, backpacking and bouldering are among the many adventures awaiting active outdoor enthusiasts.

Insider Tips


Come walk the new trail by the bay.  The Elk River-Hikshari Trail is an easy, three mile round trip hike.  (Hikshari is the Wiyot name for the area.) The trail provides a look at some of the landscape that the native people might have seen but it also includes views into the historical city of Eureka right up to modern times. The trail is about 10 feet wide. It starts alongside Highway 101 but quickly curves towards Humboldt Bay.  Join an Audubon Society guided birdwalk every 3rd Sunday at 9am.


Walk through time on the Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve.  Once a bustling mill town, Falk is now a collection of relics that hint at a rich human history.  Interpretive signs along the first paved mile tell of the logging past and the people who live it. The Headwaters Education Center, about a half mile from the Elk River trailhead, offers events and educational displays.  The trail provides an 11-mile round trip hike into th heart of Headwaters' old growth redwoods.


Visit Fort Humboldt State Park.  Situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, this remote military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between Native Americans, gold-seekers and settlers.


Follow a treasure map! Kids of all ages are invited to join Slick the Banana Slug on a Redwood EdVentures Quest and “find out why nature is closer than you think.”


Visit the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.  Exhibits, trails and programs will help increase your  understanding of local coastal environments and  community-driven stewardship of these fragile resources.

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Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933-6009
Phone: (831) 582-2213
fax: (831) 582-2266
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Last updated: 08-10-2015