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The Humboldt Bay Trail North begins at the Arcata Skate Park at the intersection on Foster Avenue and Sunset Avenue and continues south past Samoa Boulevard for 4.5 miles. This path is what is known as a rail-with-trail, because in some places it shares the right of way of the adjacent track railroad. A good portion of its length runs through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary before it terminates in Bracut. In a demonstration of environmental engineering the marsh acts as the areas innovative wastewater treatment facility, even as it provides a vibrant ecosystem supporting abundant wetland flora and fauna. Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center if you’re new, there is lots to learn about the marsh.
The Humboldt Bay Trail North is one component of a larger trail project. The Humboldt Bay Trail will eventually connect the communities a distance of 14.5 miles between Arcata and Eureka.
While there is no designated parking area in the northern part of the trail, you can park at Larson Park near the trails north end. The park is located at the end of Eye Street and you can use the sidewalk on Jay St. and then cross Sunset Ave to access the start point of the trail.
The closest parking to the southern portion of the trail can be found at South I St. in the marsh. There are a number of other parking points in this area, including two along South G St, but you will have to take the marsh other trails to connect to the Humboldt Bay Trail North. See the trail map for all your parking options.
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