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Outdoor Activities

You’re never too far away from some trees and fresh air in Eureka.  Though we think our city is just the right amount of energy and bustle, if you’re feeling the need for green, we’ve got you covered.

Please note that offerings and operating hours may be affected due to COVID-19.

Waterfront Trail

North end: Truesdale Avenue (just south of Bayshore Mall).  South end: Pound Road.

Nature-lovers rejoice: the Eureka Waterfront Trail offers over 6 miles of wildlife, recreation, and education along the shores of Humboldt Bay.  You can walk the length of Eureka, viewing salt marshes, sand dune systems, and wildlife, including migrant birds.  Be sure to check out the many interpretive signs to learn more about the coastal marsh and history of the area.  You'll also find artistic benches to stop, rest, and take it all in.

Want to preview before you commit?  Check out a real-time drone video of the entire trail.

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Hikshari' Trail

North end: Truesdale Avenue (just south of Bayshore Mall). South end: Elk River Parkway.

This 1.5-mile stretch of the Eureka Waterfront Trail begins at Elk River Parkway and runs along the Humboldt Bay.  Hike, bike, run, paddle, and picnic — you call the shots.  The trail features interpretive signage covering marsh reconstruction, migrant and vagrant bird species in the willow patches, Humboldt Bay geology, railroad history, Wiyot village life, Elk River sandspit formation, and marine life, dune plant ecology, and plant and animal identification. 

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McKay Tract Community Forest

Enter on Harris St near Freese Ave.

1,000 acres of forestland southeast of Eureka that in the process of being established into a community forest.  You'll find opportunities for birdwatching, dog walking, running, hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing among the redwood giants in this residential Eureka neighborhood forest.  Take a break from civilization and find solace amongst the trees.

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Sequoia Park Forest & Garden

3550 W St, Eureka CA 95503

Sequoia Park contains 67 acres and features walking and bicycle trails through the redwood forest, meadows, duck pond, and two small creeks. The park includes two playgrounds, open turf grass, picnic tables, a restroom, a group picnic area, and a gazebo bandstand.  Easily accessible from downtown Eureka, view some of the original 40 acres of old-growth redwood forest.

Sequoia Park Garden, a gorgeous collection of dahlias and other colorful blooms, is maintained by volunteers Dave and Sylvia Douglas. The garden also features a wishing well and gazebo seating area.

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Cooper Gulch Recreation Area

8th and Myrtle Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Cooper Gulch is a 33-acre community park located in the heart of Eureka, and features a playground, multi-use play fields, the Eureka Skate Park, a 9-hole disc golf course, and walking paths along a wooded creek.  The park surrounds Cooper Creek, which runs into the Eureka Slough and then into Humboldt Bay.  Redwoods dot the park.  Feel free to bring your dog.

The Eureka Skate Park, the largest in the area, is 12,000 square feet of fun.  Street obstacles surround a large bowl section.

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Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary

Located 2 miles south of Eureka, on the east side of Hwy 101. Access: From Highway 101 just south of Eureka, turn east onto Elk River Road.

The Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an abundance of birds, sea mammals, and coastal plant species.

The Elk River Spit, located north across the Elk River estuary, supports a special dune community, including two endangered plant species: beach Layia (Layia carnosa) and Humboldt Bay wallflower.

Wiyot people, the original inhabitants of the Humboldt Bay watershed, call the Elk River area Iksori. Their ancestors once lived in Iksori in redwood plank homes and traveled Elk River and Humboldt Bay in redwood dug-out canoes. Fresh food such as crabs, clams, eel, salmon, and shellfish were gathered from the estuary and bay.

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Halvorsen Park, Waterfront Drive

1003-1057 Waterfront Dr, Eureka, CA 95501

Located on the Waterfront of Old Town Eureka, Halvorsen Park offers incredible views and wide-open spaces.  At just under 4-acres, the park is great for reading and relaxing, throwing a frisbee or kicking a soccer ball, having picnics by the water and catching special events, hosted throughout the year.

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Samoa Beach

Samoa, CA

Samoa Beach is the long strand of beach on the ocean side of the Samoa Peninsula near Eureka. The small community of Samoa with its historic Samoa Cookhouse Restaurant is nearby on the peninsula. The beach here stretches continuously south to Samoa Dunes Recreation Area at the North Jetty and entrance to Humboldt Bay. This strand continues north to Manila Beach and the sandy shoreline seems endless after that. This is a great beachcombing destination with driftwood and other items washing onshore.

Eureka Municipal Golf Course

4750 Fairway Dr, Eureka, CA 95503(707) 443-4808

The Eureka Golf Course features tree-lined fairways, small undulated greens, several ponds, and a small meandering creek that runs through most of the golf course. Our golf course hosts native plants and wildlife including Coastal Redwoods, Rhododendrons, red-tail hawks, osprey, deer, and a variety of waterfowl. The Eureka Golf Course is a prime example of environmental stewardship as we are certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Sanctuary.

Don’t miss Cocina Mariposa, the delicious Mexican restaurant on the grounds.

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Humboldt Botanical Gardens

7707 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA 95503 (707) 442-5139

The Humboldt Botanical Gardens are constructed on a 44.5-acre site south of Eureka near the Humboldt Bay adjacent to the College of the Redwoods.  Bring a book, binoculars or a picnic and stay for a while. More adventurous hikers can walk along the secluded, unpaved trails that meander through the gardens. Walk Peter Santino's labyrinth in the "All Happy Now" garden. This garden is intended to be walked on in the manner of the meditation labyrinths found in churches and cathedrals.

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Sequoia Park Zoo & Redwood Sky Walk

3414 W St, Eureka, CA 95503 | (707) 441-4263

Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Situated next to the magnificent old-growth redwoods of Sequoia Park, the zoo is truly a jewel in the heart of Eureka.

It’s a major draw for tourists and locals, schools and families, students and researchers – anyone with an interest in animals, conservation and education.

In Fall 2020, the Redwood Sky Walk will open, offering birds'-eye views of towering redwoods trees over 100 feet off the forest floor.

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