Camping turns an ordinary weekend into an ideal outdoor adventure. Take advantage of long weekends and last-minute impromptu plans with a trip to experience California's north coast. Eureka, California, located 5 hours north of San Francisco in stunningly beautiful and remote Humboldt County, is the perfect place to spend your long weekend. With a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking the trails to riding the dunes in an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), Eureka has something for everyone. Camping forces you to digitally disconnect and socially reconnect with family and friends, and Eureka features a variety of easily accessible camping options that are both close to scenic beaches and majestic redwoods.
Shoreline RV Park offers pull-through options, back ins, and full hookup sites. If you have to stay connected, this park offers fast Wi-Fi and cable TV, and includes water, power, and sewer hookups. With direct access to the 6.3 mile long Waterfront Trail, Shoreline is a great spot to bring the whole family, including the furry four-legged member! Be sure to head into town to check out the farmers’ markets chock full of local produce, the one-of-a-kind Sequoia Park Zoo, home of the new Redwood Sky Walk, and the Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Village, a fully-functioning Victorian woodworking job shop that produces custom architectural millwork, as well as interior and exterior details for historic homes and new construction projects around the United States.
Redwood Coast Cabins and RV Resort is an excellent choice for a weekend family getaway. Located just north of Eureka, you’ll find sites available for RVs, tents, and cabins. Pop down for a morning dip in the pool, then enjoy lunch at a private picnic table at your site. At night, test your skills in a friendly game of mini-golf then stop by the on-site convenience store to pick up a few local microbrews before you head back to your campsite for a night under the stars. Light up the fire pit, bring out the s’mores, sit back, and make some memories.
Samoa Boat Ramp County Park is perfect for those looking for easy access to idyllic beach strolls due to its close proximity to the water. The site is first come first serve, arriving early is recommended. Once settled, rent a boat, grab your sunscreen, and head to the beach. This campsite is best for RVs but does offer limited tent camping. At this park, you’ll be in close proximity to Eureka’s bustling downtown food and drink options while being surrounded by outdoor activities.
Things to do
Watch the boats entering and exiting the Humboldt Bay, take a walk down to the docks, and stroll along the Eureka Boardwalk at sunset.
Feeling adventurous? Stop by Pacific Outfitters, Eureka’s premier outdoor store. Take a class or go on a tour, choosing from hiking in the majestic redwoods to exploring Humboldt Bay on a kayak. There is truly something for everyone in the family, including your furry friends. You can bring your dog along for the trip — they’re welcome on most tours and outdoor adventures.
Grab your hiking shoes and your best friend and head out on one of Eureka’s many trails. Whether you’re an expert hiker or just beginning, there’s something for everyone. With waterfront and redwood trails to choose from, you’re guaranteed breathtaking views that truly capture Eureka’s beauty. The best times to experience one of a kind views are sunset and sunrise (our occasional coastal fog allowing) where the vibrant colors create stunning photo ops as day turns into night.
Visiting the Sequoia Park Zoo and the newly opened Redwood Sky Walk is must do when staying in Eureka. Tickets can be purchase on site, and a single ticket allows you access to both the Zoo and the Redwood Sky Walk. The Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest accredited zoo in the country, and the stunning Redwood Sky Walk is the longest sky walk in the western United States, suspended 100 feet above the lush and verdant forest floor amongst the giant redwoods.