Places to go and see

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The area around Trinidad abounds with outdoor adventure, culture and fine dining. At forest Haven Cottage guests can relax after full days of hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, beach combing, wildlife viewing, gallery hopping, perusing the area's unique shops, and exploring the history and culture of California's oldest town!

Patrick's Point State Park
Located 25 miles north of Eureka California, Patrick's Point is a park located in the heart of California's coast redwood country. The park's dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows. A dramatic shoreline ranging from broad sandy beaches to sheer cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean offers great opportunities to explore tide pools, search for agates and driftwood, watch whales, sea lions and brilliant sunsets.

Courtesy of California State Parks

Patrick's Point
James Irvine Trail
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
James Irvine Trail, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This is one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails on the Redwood Coast, leading from the park visitor center at Elk Prairie all the way to Fern Canyon and the beach.

Photograph by Carrie Grant. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Redwood National and State Parks
At least once in life, everyone should experience the ancient, awesome redwoods. Hiking trails abound for all levels of ability... what they have in common is a hushed sense of reverence as you wind your way between the mighty trees. Many people find themselves returning to the redwood forest whenever they are in need of renewal.

Photograph by Bob Von Normann. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Hiking in the Redwoods
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse
Trinidad Memorial Light House
The ocean can be a cruel mistress on the Redwood Coast, a fact recognized at the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse which honors and commemorates local fishermen who have been lost at sea. A well-known landmark of Humboldt County, the Memorial Lighthouse isn't a true functioning lighthouse at all-but there is one just on the seaward side of Trinidad Head.

Photograph by Jack Hopkins. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Telochnicher Marine Laboratory
In the coastal town of Trinidad, not far from the main campus is the world-class Telochnicher Marine Laboratory by Humboldt State University. Trinidad and Humboldt Bay , the Pacific Ocean, as well as several local lagoons provide rocky and sandy inter-tidal and sub-tidal habitats for further study.

Courtesy of Telochnicher Marine Laboratory, Humboldt State University

Telochnicher Marine Laboratory, Humboldt State University
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone beach is 4 miles south of Trinidad and 1 mile from Forest Haven Cottage. It is a perfect beach for children of all ages to play in Little River, build sand castles, surf, boogie board and skim board.

Photograph Courtesy of Moonstone Beach Surf Camp

Clam Beach
Stretching over 110 miles from the Mendocino County to the Del Norte County borders, the Humboldt County coastline encompasses a stunning variety of land-and seascape, from wave-pounded rocks to gentle estuaries. Here, the wide flat sands of Clam Beach north of Arcata provide a perfect playground for walking, horseback riding, beachcombing, camping and bonfires.

Photograph by Don Forthuber. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Clam Beach
The Shenandoah
Fishing Boats
A hard-working boat ties up at the Trinidad Harbor after a day of harvesting nature's bounty from the ocean. Still very much a working seaport, Trinidad's fishing fleet adds a colorful and authentic touch to our scenic Trinidad Harbor. There are also many fishing charters available such as Shenandoah Charters (for reservations call Seascape Gift Shop (707) 677-3625 or after 5 pm (707) 677-9485). Another fine charter company is Trinidad Bay Charters.

Photograph Courtesy of Shenandoah Charters

The Redwood Coast
The splendid drama of the California Coast is played out along 110 miles of Humboldt County coastline. In this scene, taken in north county in Redwood National Park, the redwoods meet the sea in a scene of stunning beauty, and sandy beaches invite exploring and beachcombing.

Photograph by Don Forthuber. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

The Redwood Coast
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking. Off-road or mountain biking is a fast-growing cycling sport, and the Redwood Coast proudly offers some uniquely beautiful "single track" biking trails. Where else can your ride through a forest of towering redwoods or along a coastal bluff? Local enthusiasts of the sport also organize regular races and rallys.

Photograph by Bill Becher. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Fern Canyon
You'll think you're in another world when you walk between sheer 50-foot walls completely covered with luxuriant ferns. Located at the end of Gold Bluffs Beach in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, part of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon is a fascinating walk through a unique ecosystem. It's also one of the locations where Steven Spielberg filmed "The Lost World" in Humboldt County.

Photograph by Don Forthuber. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Fern Canyon
Pink Rhododendrons
Pink Rhododendrons
Native to the Redwood Coast, rhododendrons are a familiar member of the redwood forest, and entertain with their surprising-and sometimes flamboyant-shows of color each April through June. The city of Eureka celebrates spring each year with the Rhododendron Festival including a parade.

Photograph by Don Forthuber. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Whole Family Water Recreation
The sandy shores of the Redwood Coast are a natural playground, where kids can put aside their video games for a while and engage in wholesome fun. Our ocean waters are not recommended for swimming, but local rivers and lagoons offer plenty of warm, safe waters for splashing around.

Photograph by Beti Trauth. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Whole Family Water Recreation
Trinity River Rafting
Trinity River Rafting
Trinity River Rafters. The Redwood Coast is also the land of Six Rivers, and we are blessed with numerous wild and scenic waterways offering a variety of recreational opportunities. Whitewater rafting is a perennial favorite, and a number of local companies can guide you on everything from gentle floats to pulse-pounding Class 3 and Class 4 river action.

Photograph by Bigfoot Rafting Company, Willow Creek. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Sequoia Park
A walk beneath the redwoods can be a humbling experience. Winding your way between giant trunks, or traversing a natural bridge that spans over 100 feet, you feel like a welcome guest but not part of the eternal family. Here, hikers find their gaze drawn ever upwards at Eureka's Sequoia Park.

Photograph by Tony Smithers. Courtesy of Humboldt County CVB

Sequoia Park Hikers.T
Humboldt Mobile Massage

Humboldt Mobile Massage provides mobile massage therapy to your home, hotel, workplace and special events. We can also schedule appointments in a nice quiet studio in Sunnybrae if your home isn't the best place. www.humboldtmobilemassage.com

Other interesting places.

Cher Ae Heights Casino
Westhaven Art Center
Trinidad Harbor
Trinidad Museum
Moonstone Beach

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Kid Friendly

Forest Haven is a wonderful place for kids to romp in the forest, play in the creek and enjoy the outdoors in a safe, kid friendly environment.

Moonstone Beach Surf Camp
Moonstone Surf Camp
Moonstone Surf Camp The Moonstone Beach "Endless Summer" Surfcamp is in its sixth year of providing North Coast and out-of-area first timers with an opportunity to not only learn and enjoy surfing, but every other activity that comes with being oceanside.

Photograph Courtesy of Moonstone Beach Surf Camp

More Kids Activities

HSU Marine Lab (click on Marine Science Summer Workshops for Kids
North Coast Adventures (kayaking and tidepool tours)
Humboldt Crabs Baseball Camps