If you are trying to decide where to begin your California Redwood Coast tour, consider making Eureka California your Redwood Coast HQ. There are a dozen Redwood Parks to the north and south of Eureka within 100 miles, making for a great day drive in each direction, with time to enjoy other sites along the way. Use the California Redwood Parks listing below which includes Redwood National Park, as well as county and state redwood parks, to help you plan you redwoods adventure itinerary. Of course, we invite you to make the conveniently located Town House Motel in Eureka your place stay as you tour the area.
Redwood Parks North of Eureka
Arcata Community Forest • 14 mi
Address: Arcata, CA 95521
Along with Humboldt State University, the City of Arcata is home to California’s first municipally owned forest. This 790-acre tract of second-growth redwoods is used for education, recreation, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and sustainable timber harvesting. A significant portion of the net revenues from the timber yield is used to acquire and develop parks and open space. Located mere blocks from downtown Arcata, the forest is a popular hiking and biking destination. The forest also is rich in wildlife, including 144 bird species. Some endangered and threatened wildlife species are
Patrick’s Point State Park • 38 mi
Address: 4150 Patricks Point Drive, Trinidad, CA 95570
Located 25 miles north of Eureka California, Patrick’s Point is a park located in the heart of California’s coast redwood country. The one-square-mile park is densely packed with potential adventures. On a short walk around the perimeter of the park you can hunt for agates (semi-precious gemstones), explore tidepools, walk through a jungle of shrubs and trees as you peer out at seals, sea lions, and migrating whales. In the park’s interior, you’ll find a visitor center, a native plant garden and a reconstructed Yurok plank-house village.In summer you can witness a traditional ceremony at Sumêg Village or take a hike led by a docent or professional naturalist.
Humbollt Lagoons State Park • 38 mi
Address: 15336 US-101, Trinidad, CA 95570
Humboldt Lagoons State Park lies on the sandy, windswept edge of ocean and forest. Formed by the clash of two tectonic plates, it’s part of the largest lagoon system in the United States. Ranger Maurice Morningstar calls it “a string of pearls that lets you look back in time and see a process that continues today.” Part of a string of lagoons between Eureka, California, and the Oregon border, Humboldt Lagoons State Park includes Big Lagoon Beach, Dry Lagoon (which is actually a marsh) and portions of Stone Lagoon. The park includes dunes, forests, prairies and coastal scrub. It’s on a major bird migration route. You also may see whales, elk, trout and salmon.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park • 51 mi
Address: Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy #127011, Orick, CA 95555
Fifty miles north of Eureka, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers sandy beaches and open meadows grazed by magnificent herds of Roosevelt elk. Ferns line canyon walls. Lush stands of the world’s tallest living tree species, the coast redwood, stand in primeval majesty. Iconic black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, spotted owls and marbled murrelets roam here. The movie Jurassic Park was filmed here.
In some redwood parks, you have to drive or hike long distances to see the most impressive trees. Not so here, where stately and bizarre giants (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.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers over 75 miles of hiking trails and bicycle trails, a self-guided nature trail, whale watching and picnicking. Have a look at mighty elk or hike the 2-mile Rhododendron Trail in May or June to view the forest splashed with colorful blossoms.
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park • 70 mi
Address: Crescent City, CA 95531
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park lies right on the Pacific Coast, just south of Crescent City, California. It offers 8 miles of rugged coastline, a mixed forest of Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir, red alder, and some fine old-growth redwoods. Activities include: Hiking, biking, beach walking, picnicking, scenic drives, camping, birdwatching, fishing, plant studying, and tide pooling.
Ruby Van Deventer County Park • 95 mi
Address: CA-197, Crescent City, CA 95531
The 54-acre Del Norte County park is on the emerald-green Smith River, which flows freely and naturally, without a single dam, for its entire length — the only such major river in California. The river supports a gold medal steelhead trout and Chinook salmon fishery and is a premier destination for whitewater kayakers. Great redwoods stand sentinel around the campsites, and the gentle murmur of pure water soothes in the background.
In the summer, the Smith River is low and warm enough to invite swimming. In fall through spring, the campground is a perfect base for fishing and kayaking expeditions. The Smith River corridor is an excellent birding ground, rich in resident songbirds and a welcome rest and foraging area for migrants. For golfers, a 71-par course is nearby.
Florence Keller County Park • 103 mi
Address: 3400 Cunningham Lane, Crescent City, CA 95531
Located 3 miles north of Crescent City, Florence Keller County Park is a good choice for campers exploring the North Coast redwood parks and beaches. Managed by the Del Norte County Parks Department and set among large second-growth redwoods, it offers big sites and easy access to city amenities while still providing tranquil camping in a beautiful forested setting. Besides camping and picnicking, the park also has volleyball and horseshoe pits. Several walking paths accommodate short strolls among the redwoods.
Redwood Parks South of Eureka
Humboldt Redwoods State Park • 33 mi
Address: 17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is California’s 3rd largest state park, with over 53,000 acres, and the largest old growth contiguous redwood forest in the world! Drive along the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants to explore Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and come by the Visitor Center between 10:00-4:00 between the towns of Weott and Myers Flat. For more specific information about the parks, call us at (707) 946-2263.
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park • 38 mi
Address: 16949 CA-36, Carlotta, CA 95528
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a gem is tucked away on Highway 36, nestled in the redwoods and next to the Van Duzen River. Campground and Visitor Center are open all year, with Junior Ranger and campfire programs during the summers! For more specific information about the parks, call us at (707) 777-3683.
Richardson Grove State Park • 75 mi
Address: 1600 US-101, Garberville, CA 95542
Come explore Richardson Grove State Park, one of the first redwood parks – with 1,800 acres, campgrounds, trails, and the Eel River, theres lots to enjoy! Located along Highway 101, 200 miles north of San Francisco. Campground open year round, and the newly remodeled Visitor Center opening this upcoming summer! For more specific information about the parks, call us at (707) 247-3318.
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park • 82 mi
Address: Whitethorn, CA 95589
Explore the beautiful southern portion of the Lost Coast at Sinkyone Wilderness State park. See Grey Whale migrations, Sea Lions, Roosevelt Elk, and much much more! No potable water available, and 4-wheel drive recommended during the rainy season (Fall through early Spring). Primitive and spectacular! For more specific information about the parks, call us at (707) 247-3318.
Eureka Area Outdoor Activities Guide
On foot, bicycle, motorcycle or car, so much to see and do!
Within walking distance, a short hop in your car, or a day-long driving loop with lots of stops along the way, you will find some of the most beautiful outdoor experiences in the world outside your door. Eureka, California and the Town House Motel make a great place to stay while exploring the Northern California coastal, forests, foothills and mountains by trail or winding road.
Over a dozen parks provide access to Redwood giants within an easy day drive north and south of Eureka; winding coastal roads take you to breath-taking coastal mountain and ocean views. Welcome to Eureka – are you ready for your outdoors adventure? View Eureka Outdoor Activities guide.