Humboldt County

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park


19th-century logging equipment reveals a piece of redwoods history Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Brochure Park Information HIGHLIGHTS: This former military post on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay has a particular allure for local-history buffs. It was established in 1853 …

A League of Their Own: The Women Who Started Saving the Redwoods


On August 8, 1919, Save the Redwoods League founders Madison Grant and Stephen Mather spoke to a packed auditorium in the Northern California mill town of Eureka. They had driven up from San Francisco, where the League had just held its first Board meeting, and they called for local support of the League’s mission to protect the redwoods. To their great surprise, they received a wildly enthusiastic response. Why were hundreds of citizens of Humboldt County, the epicenter of redwood logging operations, so receptive to this message of conservation?

Photo by Jeff Moser, Flickr Creative Commons

Van Duzen County Park


Redwoods, fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking. Park has 2 parts: Swimmers Delight and reservation-only group campground, Pamplin Grove. Fishing.

Photo by David Prasad, Flickr Creative Commons

Redwood National and State Parks


Part of Redwood National and State Parks. Ancient redwoods in Tall Trees Grove, Ladybird Johnson Grove.

Patrick's Point State Park, Photo by Kirt Edblom, Flickr Creative Commons

Patricks Point State Park


Ocean views, agate beach, whale-watching, lush forest, native plant garden, re-created Native American seasonal village.

Headwaters Forest Reserve, Photo by Bureau of Land Management, Flickr Creative Commons

Headwaters Forest Reserve


Old-growth near the headwaters of South Fork Elk River and Salmon Creek. Northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, coho salmon.

Benbow State Recreation Area, Photo by humboldthead, Flickr Creative Commons

Benbow State Recreation Area


Summer swimming and picnicking along the South Fork of the Eel River. Winter salmon, steelhead fishing. Hike to old mill site.

The Eel River, which snakes along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, has dozens of secluded and scenic swimming spots. Photo courtesy HRSP/

Make a Big Splash Among the Big Trees


Sweltering summers are perhaps the best time all year to experience the redwood forests in Humboldt County the way locals do, as natural water parks. The Eel River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River along the Avenue of the Giants, and Redwood Creek, which is surrounded by the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National Parks, have plenty of kid-friendly swimming holes.

A path on the right leads through a forest of ancient redwoods.

Richardson Grove State Park


About a 4-hour drive north of San Francisco on Highway 101, Richardson Grove State Park is the gateway to the North Coast Redwoods.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Deep in California’s wet and wild northwest corner Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Park Information Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Brochure HIGHLIGHTS: Fifty miles north of Eureka, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park offers sandy beaches and open meadows grazed by …

Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area


Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area is adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons State Park and offers access to Big Lagoon – the largest of Humboldt’s coastal lagoons and a popular spot for fishing, where salmon, trout and many other fish species live.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Humboldt Lagoons State Park


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.

Photo by Humboldt State University

Humboldt Redwoods State Park


Today Humboldt Redwoods State Park covers about 53,000 acres-including 17,000-acre Rockefeller Forest, which is the largest continuous stretch of old-growth redwoods in the world. Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 50,000 acres in this park.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is among the parks on the closure list that we need your help to keep open for all to enjoy. Photo by pellaea, Flickr Creative Commons

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park


Nestled farther inland than most of California’s coast redwood forests, Grizzly Creek is home to spectacular ancient groves.