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Northern California's Eureka Waterfront Trail is located along the shore of Humboldt Bay, stretching 6.5 miles from the former Eureka Holmes Lumber Mill site to Tydd Street on the eastern edge of the city. It provides walkers and bikers with a safe and convenient way to access the city’s waterfront and Old Town. A highlight of the trail is the boardwalk spanning the salt marsh behind Blue Ox Millworks. It offers views of the bay, Eureka slough, and mountains.
Another short but popular section of the route, known as the Hikshari’ Trail, runs behind the Bayshore Mall and through the Elk River Access Area. This 1.5-mile section follows the river, offering views of the water, coastal willows, and sand dunes. Many trailside benches are available to take it all in. Along the way, be sure to stop at the interpretive signs to learn about the surrounding habitats and history of the area.
The Eureka Waterfront Trail is also part of a larger project being developed by Humboldt County called the Humboldt Bay Trail, which will span 13 miles and connect Eureka with Arcata.
Parking lots are available on the northern end of the trail at Truesdale Avenue (just south of Bayshore Mall), on Hilfiker Lane, and at the south end of the trail at Pound Road.
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