Soft Adventure, Stunning Beauty
Humboldt County has gorgeous scenery and the best way to see it is by getting out into nature. There are various ways you can do this and even the most non-adventuresome traveler can take advantage of what Humboldt County has to offer.
Humboldt County’s North Coast stands out with vibrant fishing villages and tall trees. The following is a list of the many soft adventure opportunities in the North Country.
Kayak in Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Big Lagoon and Stone Lagoon have calm, warm water and are the perfect places for a nice relaxing day on the water.
Kayak Zak’s rents kayaks right from Stone Lagoon but can also rent you a kayak at any of the other bodies of water in the area. Kayak Zak’s will set you up with all the gear you need and provide you with a lesson.
Pacific Outfitters Adventures will take you on an adventure on the lagoons where you can see herds of Roosevelt Elk congregate in the marshy area around Maple Creek, and river otters play along the east shore. Porpoises, seals, sea lions, and whales can be seen from the beach.
Take a leisurely bike ride with beautiful views of the ocean
The Hammond Trail was voted “best place to walk, jog, or bike” in Humboldt County in a poll taken by the local newspaper, the Times-Standard. This five-plus mile hiking/biking/equestrian component of the California Coastal Trail stretches from the Arcata Bottoms northward to Clam Beach County Park in Mckinleyville.
Fish the North Coast
Fish from a pier, the riverside, the ocean shore, a dock or a boat or chartered boat. There are so many places to fish on Humboldt County’s North Coast. Follow this link for a full listing of places to fish as well as fishing charters who promise a good catch.
Take a hike
Hiking is a great for getting up close and personal with Humboldt County’s beautiful parks and forests and is the best way to see the redwoods. There are so many trails to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits you. Take a look at a list of hikes on the North Coast of Humboldt County.
See the redwoods from a horse
Take a guided horseback riding tour through the redwoods with two great guide companies.
Redwood Creek Buckarettes Horseback Rides offers one and a half, two and four hour guided horseback rides into Redwood National Park. Along the way you will see hundreds of species of native plants, trees of varying size and age, along with some wildlife here and there. All tours include guided, interpretive narration of local history, flora & fauna. They like to keep our tours small to create a better experience for the customers, but large groups are always welcome.
Take a guided tour
Humboldt County is blessed not only with beauty but with expert guides who know where to take you to see this amazing beauty.
Jenny Hanson is an experienced local naturalist, who will help you find natural masterpieces that are not found in museums! Jenny will help you plan an itinerary, meet you for a nature ramble, join you in your vehicle for a few hours or a day of nature discovery, or work out other arrangements to suit you. It’s your time and your choice. You will enjoy Jenny’s personal guiding service if you love to travel at your own pace, want a friendly expert around, and like to get more than a superficial impression of the places you visit.
Professional historian and author, Ray Hillman of Pride Enterprise Tours is an experienced tour guide and local authority. Ray provides guided tour services to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in step-on guide services for the motor coach industry.