Eureka Waterfront Trail


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Eureka Waterfront Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Humboldt
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Former Eureka Holmes Lumber Mill site and Tydd Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Boardwalk
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7811720

Eureka Waterfront Trail Description

The Eureka Waterfront Trail traces the shorelines of the Elk River and Humboldt Bay for 6.5 miles in this Northern California town. The wide, paved trail, with access to public fishing and water activities, makes it popular with residents and visitors alike. Dotted along the trail are seven benches designed by local artists for the 2018 trail opening. While on the trail, take a moment to learn about the region’s history and the people, flora, fauna, and marine life that have called it home.

The southern endpoint is easily accessible via the Herrick Avenue Park & Ride, with views of Elk River and a salt marsh. Time your visit on this portion of the trail by the tide. During high tide you will enjoy a peaceful lagoon, and at low tide you may observe textured mudflats peppered with salt marsh. Avid bird-watchers may spot birds of prey, such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, as well as songbirds, including the yellow warbler.

Coinciding with the Eureka Waterfront Trail’s southern section, the 1.5-mile Hikshari’ Trail runs north from the Elk River Wildlife Area, honoring the ancestral homeland of the Wiyot people, who resided in the area for thousands of years. The Hikshari’ Trail ends at a trailhead at Truesdale Street, where you’ll find a picnic area and other amenities.

As you continue north, the trail follows a former railroad that was a major transportation vein for Eureka’s lumber industry. When California’s gold rush brought a demand for lumber, the region’s natural resource—redwood—was in high demand. By 1854, nine lumber mills operated around Humboldt Bay, making Eureka the largest producer of lumber in the Pacific region. Signs of the city’s historical lumber industry are never far from the trail or the bay. As you approach the city marina, about 3.4 miles from the southern endpoint, you’ll spot lumber stacked to your left and a historical railcar on display to your right.

The trail has public access points for fishing, canoeing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. The public Del Norte Street Fishing Pier is just off the trail about 0.9 mile south of the city marina. While no fishing license is required at the time of publication, review the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ocean-port fishing regulations. To further explore the bay, head to the Eureka Slough Boat Ramp, just north of the city marina, for nonmotorized watercraft.

Near the trail’s northern endpoint, you may either take a boardwalk extension to enjoy sweeping views of Humboldt Bay or follow a segment nearer the neighborhoods for access to the main trail boardwalk. Note that there is no parking area at the trail’s northern endpoint on Tydd Street.

At the time of publication, a trail extension was underway to extend the southern endpoint an additional 1.1 miles from the Herrick Avenue Park & Ride to Tooby Road.

The Eureka Waterfront Trail is part of a larger project being developed by Humboldt County called the Humboldt Bay Trail, which will span 13 miles and connect Eureka to Arcata.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options, available transit lines, and detailed directions.

Eureka Waterfront Trail Reviews

Ok little trail

This trail runs along the Eureka waterfront. Not a particularly picturesque place. The path itself was good. Took us through interesting lumber industry activities. Quite a few homeless on and near the path.

North End of Eureka Waterfront Trail

Beautiful walk from Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center to Freshwater Slough and back. About 3 miles round trip. Fun bridges. Old train trestle. Great signage of natural and cultural history. Vista/picnic bump outs with landscape art including metalworks benches and castes of Wiyot stools like the ones in the Humboldt State University Native Forum breezeway.

Welcoming Eureka Jewel !

This is a wonderful trail ! Next to the northern trailhead is a restaurant, and other retail in just walking distance. The trail itself is very peaceful with wonderful views of waterways. Many artistic benches are along the trail, as well as numerous bike racks for locking your bike. Some areas of the trail are shaded with trees, and other areas are more open. Lots of folks enjoying the trail from children to adults. I like the informative signs along the trail educating users about the history, and ecosystem! A must visit trail in Eureka!

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