Moonstone, Little River and Clam Beaches

Three spectacular beaches

Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach is just south of Trinidad, a small fishing town. Beautiful vistas of headlands and rocky coves surround this beach. A great spot for surfing, surf kayaking and just walking, this beach has it all --- rocks to climb, tide pools, sea caves, plenty of sand and the Little River for boating and swimming.

The Moonstone Grill restaurant is located on a slight bluff overlooking the beach. Take the Westhaven exit off Hwy 101 to Moonstone Beach Rd. MAP

Dogs are allowed on the waveslope under voice command.
 
Have your wedding or special event on Moonstone Beach. Call 707-445-7651 for more information.
 
Little River State Beach
Features dunes and a broad open beach. The beach is bordered on the north by Little River and on the south by Clam Beach County Park which provides camping and day use facilities. The Little River separates the State Beach from Moonstone Beach, a popular spot for picnicking and swimming when the weather warms up. (be aware of tides). MAP

The beach is located five miles south of Trinidad and 13 miles north of Eureka, just off Hwy 101. Latitude/Longitude: 41.0164 / -124.1086 

Clam Beach County Park
Very few parks in California allow camping right on the beach, but Clam Beach County Park is one of them. A wide and long stretch of flat shoreline, Clam Beach is part of a continuous ocean frontage that connects with Mad River Beach County Park to the south and Little River State Beach to the north. It's just minutes away from the town of McKinleyville, where all of your picnic, camping and beach supplies are available. MAP 

There are two parking and camping areas, north and south, along the frontage road. The facilities are minimal but, hey, it's the beach! The ocean topology here creates a long flat wave slope suitable for surfing. Sand castles and kite flying are particularly popular on this beach as well. 

Day use is free and camping is first come/first serve basis. 12 Tent sites and 15 RV spaces. Horses allowed here. For more info

Hike/bike the Hammond Trail.
Located 7 1/2 miles north of Arcata (near McKinleyville) off Hwy 101 (exit Clam Beach Park off-ramp).


 

Directions: Moonstone Beach: North of Clam Beach - Westhaven exit off Hwy 101 to Moonstone Beach Rd.,

Clam Beach: Clam Beach Exit off Hwy 101 North of Mckinleyville

FIND LODGING


Just south of Trinidad
707-445-7651

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QUICK FACTS

  • Razor Clams can be dug during minus tides at Clam Beach & Little River Beach by Moonstone
  • Horses are allowed at Clam Beach