REDWOODS & PARKS
Many well-known wonders of nature exist near The Gingerbread Mansion. Most renowned as the world’s largest remaining old-growth coast redwood forest is “The Avenue of the Giants”. It is possible to either drive through the avenue, or park and hike among the giants. Also, located minutes away from The Gingerbread Mansion, lies “The Lost Coast” of Cape Mendocino. “The Lost Coast” is the most beautiful westerly point in the Contintental United States. This area offers spectacular trails to run on, explore, or photograph. Similarly nearby are the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers which are excellent for fishing salmon and trout. These clean and beautiful rivers are also suitable for swimming. To the north, is Eureka’s Old Town and the ruggedly beautiful coast near Trinidad. Though a little farther than a few minutes from The Gingerbread Mansion, they are also exciting to explore.
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Bird Watching in Russ Park
Humboldt Botanical Garden
Documented native and exotic plants adapted to the local climate in a planned landscape provide an educational, aesthetic, and tranquil experience for visitors. A work in progress, the 44.5-acre site includes a completed native plant garden, greenhouse, earth sculpture, and natural riparian area. Upcoming garden plantings include temperate woodland garden and ornamental terrace garden. From Highway 101 take the College of the Redwoods exit #698, south of Eureka, and turn at the north entrance to campus, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road. Open to the public for special events as well as Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. 707-442-5139
Bird Watching in Russ Park
Enjoy the spectacular Centerville Beach (see link for map) located 5 miles west of the VictorianVillage of Ferndale. This unique 9 mile stretch of ocean beach is surrounded by picturesque dairy country and near historic Victorian Ferndale.
On this secluded beach you can marvel at the impressive sandstone cliffs, view wildlife and birds, and even see mother whales migrating with their young in April and May when they swim closer to land.
Cormorants, Gulls. Pelicans, Sandpipers, Tundra Swans (Migrating from November to March), Harbor seals, and Gray Whales migrate south along the coast from December through February, returning January through May. Mother whales and their young travel through the area very close to land in April and May. The bluffs just south of Centerville Beach may allow observation from land (another excellent site is Table Bluff).
This is an ideal spot for a family picnic, to bring your dog, ride horses along the beach, beachcomb, have a beach bonfire, or simply take in the magnificent beauty of the windswept Northern California coastline.
Tour the Avenue of the Giants
California’s Lost Coast
Sounding Seas & Eel River Estuary Preserves
Ranger-guided tours (at no charge) of the sloughs, wetlands, dunes and beach located just north of Centerville Beach, and stretching to the south spit of the Eel River, this magnificent property is owned and managed by the state’s largest non-profit land steward, The Wildlands Conservancy. Register for a prescheduled date (see calendar events list), or arrange a hike for your group by calling Rangers Jerome or Zach, 707-762-4724.
Lost Coast Adventure Tours
They offer small day trips with hopes of growing tours into multiple day adventures as soon as possible.
Canoe or kayak the Eel river through the redwoods
Office (707) 986-9895
Cell (707) 502-7514
Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge
Cape Mendocino Lighthouse
25 Great Things to See and Do Map
This handy Humboldt County map has details and directions for some of the best attractions the Redwood Coast. Find out where the parks are and what town you want to stay in. View this map in a larger version.
South Humboldt Bay & Ocean Beach Access
Locally know as the South Spit – A narrow, four-and-a-half-mile-long strip of sand dunes and marshes, separates Humboldt Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
Although just a stone’s throw from the city of Eureka, this 4.5-mile expanse of wave sculpted beaches, windswept dunes and marshy bayshore seems a world away. Beachcombers strolling the coastal sands can watch hang gliders soar on the updrafts above Table Bluff, while surfers ride the offshore swells. It has long been a recreation destination for hunters, anglers, surfers and picnickers.
Victorian Village Self-Guided Tours:
Pick up a free souvenir newspaper from The Ferndale Enterprise office or Ferndale shops for walking and driving tour maps to historic homes, churches, and Main Street shops. (Call 707-786-4477 well in advance is you would like your group tour conducted by a local volunteer.)101 THINGS TO DO IN HUMBOLDT