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North Coast State Parks

North Coast State Parks Overview

North Coast

California State Parks on the North Coast include underwater preserves, parks, redwood forests, plant and wildlife reserves, state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas, reservoirs, historic parks & homes and lighthouses. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from multiple old-growth Redwood Parks to the calm waters of Tomales Bay. Camping in California is a popular activity with most North Coast campgrounds offering beach camping, redwoods camping, RV parks and conveniences like flush toilets, running water and firewood.

An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.

North Coast

Stout Grove photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Jedediah Smith State Park is located nine miles east of Crescent City on Highway 199. This Redwood grove was named after the famous explorer that led the first expedition from the Great Salt Lake to the California coast. Jedediah Smith is one of three Redwood Parks that are part of Redwood National Park. This Redwood park features 10,000 acres of old-growth Redwood Trees. A dense canopy of ferns, moss and lichens fill the forest floor. Black bear, river otter, beaver and fox still roam these lands. King salmon and steelhead trout spawn in the Smith River and Mill Creek. Activities at Jedediah Smith include redwoods camping, biking, hiking, swimming, boating and horseback riding. Several boat launches are available.

Jedediah Smith State Park
Crescent City, California 95531
(707) 464-6101

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Enderts Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is located 7 miles south of Crescent City off Highway 101. This Redwood grove is one of three Redwood Parks that are part of Redwood National Park. This Redwood park features 6400 acres with approximately 50% old-growth California Redwoods and eight miles of wild coastline. Hiking trails throughout with two heading to Enderts Beach and False Klamath Cove. Sandy beaches include tide pool exploration at low tide. Activities at Del Norte Coast Redwoods include redwoods camping, hiking, fishing and biking.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
1375 Elk Valley Road
Crescent City, California 95531
(707) 464-6101

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Fern Canyon photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located 50 miles north of Eureka off Highway 101. This Redwood grove is one of three Redwood Parks that are part of Redwood National Park. Activities at Prairie Creek Redwoods include redwoods camping, fishing, tide pool exploration, hiking, fishing and horseback riding. This Redwood park is known for its nature trails through lush fern canopy beneath towering old-growth Redwood Trees. Fern Canyon and Rhododendron Trail are two popular trails in the park. Fern Canyon follows a creek bed to the ocean and features several species of fern protruding from the canyon walls. Every year in May, Rhododendron Trail features blooming rhododendrons and azaleas that grow wild in the park.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
127011 Newton B. Drury Parkway
Orick, California 95555
(707) 465-7347

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Humboldt Lagoons State Park is located north of Eureka off Highway 101. Humboldt Lagoons is comprised of three seaside lagoons with a combined length of nearly 6 miles and a dry lagoon. Trails circle the lagoons and a beach trail connects Agate Beach in Patrick's Point to the south. The freshwater Lagoon attracts anglers with largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and stocked rainbow trout. Stone Lagoon features a boat-in campground. Activities at Humboldt Lagoons include boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching and whale watching. Big Lagoon County Park offers day use picnicking, camping, restrooms and other amenities.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
15336 Highway 101
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 488-2169

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Patrick's Point State Park

Patrick's Point State Park is located just a few miles north of Trinidad off Highway 101. Patrick's Point offers a dense forest where trails can be traversed through wildflower meadows and lush forest to the headland cliffs leading to the ocean below. Many picnic areas feature a barbecue and shelter from coastal winds. Activities at Patrick's Point include camping, picnicking, fishing, tide pool exploration, agate hunting, whale watching, diving, surfing and hiking. Hunt for colorful agates on 'Agate Beach' at the north end of the park. See a reconstructed Yurok Sumeg village on site. Patrick's Point is a great choice for camping at the beach.

Patrick's Point State Park
4150 Patrick's Point Drive
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 677-3570

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Trinidad State Beach is located just north of Trinidad. Bluffs of pine trees descend to a mile-long beach. This is a great beach for tide pool exploration at low tide. Well known for its picturesque beauty and large arch to the north. Trinidad State Beach is a popular dog beach.

Trinidad State Beach
4150 Patrick's Point Drive
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 677-3570

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Little River State Beach is located approximately 10 miles north of Eureka. This beach features a huge sandy beach with Little River flowing in to the north and beach camping at Clam Beach County Park to the south.

Little River State Beach
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 488-2041

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is located off Highway 101 from Highland Avenue. Situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, Fort Humboldt was originally established in 1853 to resolve conflicts between gold-seekers, settlers and Native Americans. It includes an original hospital building & history museum, logging museum, two locomotive trains and a steam donkey. The history museum exhibits include historical documents and artifacts depicting life at the fort in the 1800's.

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
3431 Fort Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 445-6567

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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is located 20 miles southeast of Eureka on Highway 101 and 17 miles east on Highway 36. This Redwood grove features 3 old-growth Redwood Parks. Amenities include campsites, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, a group camp and more. Activities include redwoods camping, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, picnicking and hiking.

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
16949 Highway 36
Carlotta, CA 95528
(707) 777-3683

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located 45 miles south of Eureka along the Avenue of the Giants and 20 miles north of Garberville. Enjoy 52,000 acres of pristine redwood forest, 17,000 acres of which is old-growth California Redwoods thousands of years old. Avenue of the Giants is a 32-mile auto tour through some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world. This is Redwood Park is the largest redwood forest in the state. Activities at Humboldt Redwoods include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, redwoods camping, canoeing, kayaking and swimming in the South Fork Eel River.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Myers Flat, California 95554
(707) 946-2409

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Richardson Grove State Park is located 7 miles south of Garberville on Highway 101. This Redwood Park is located along the south fork Eel River and offers redwoods camping, hiking, swimming and fishing within an old-growth Redwood forest. An historic lodge houses a Visitor Center and gift shop.

Richardson Grove State Park
1600 US Highway 101
Garberville, CA 95440
(707) 247-3318

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Standish-Hickey State Park is located just north of Leggett off Highway 101. This Redwood Park is considered the 'Gateway to Tall Trees Country' and offers the Grove Trail through giant Redwood trees. Situated along the south fork Eel River, Standish-Hickey offers activities including redwoods camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming and fishing.

Standish-Hickey State Park
69350 U.S. Hwy. 101, Box #2
Leggett, California 95455
(707) 925-6482

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Pudding Creek Trestle, MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park is located just north of Fort Bragg on PCH (highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). MacKerricher spans over 6 miles of shoreline that includes rugged headlands, sandy beaches, wetlands, redwood forest and sand dunes. A boardwalk trailheads out over the bluff to the Laguna Point Seal Watching Station. The 30-acre Lake Cleone offers shore fishing and non-motorized boat fishing for bass and crappie. A former logging haul road serves as a biking, jogging and walking path that spans the entire oceanfront over sand dunes, beaches and the picturesque Pudding Creek train trestle. Other activities at MacKerricher include horseback riding, hiking, tide pooling, swimming and abalone diving. Several campgrounds feature modern amenities making MacKerricher a great choice for camping at the beach.

MacKerricher State Park
Fort Bragg, California 95437
(707) 964-9112

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Caspar Headlands is located between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. This California State Beach offers outstanding Northern California coastal scenery. The beach is tucked back in a cove of jagged, rocky cliffs that descend into the Pacific Ocean. Beach camping, Swimming, fishing, abalone diving and kayaking are the popular activities. Amenities include a general store and diver showers. Caspar Headlands State Beach is a great choice for camping at the beach.

Caspar Headlands State Beach
Caspar, California 95420
(707) 937-5804

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Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park is located 2 miles north of Mendocino on Highway 1. Russian Gulch Creek Canyon is known for its picturesque waterfall, bridge, sea caves and Devil's Punch Bowl (collapsed sea cave in which the ocean churns). Several large sea caves are accessible by kayak with a few reachable on foot at low tides. An approximate 5-mile round trip hike through Fern Canyon ends at Russian Gulch Falls, a 36-foot waterfall. Activities include tide pool exploration, beach camping, hiking, biking, abalone diving and fishing. Russian Gulch was historically a regular stop for lumber ships heading to San Francisco. Russian Gulch is a great choice for camping at the beach.

Russian Gulch State Park
Highway 1
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 937-5804

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Mendocino Headlands State Park

Mendocino Headlands State Park is located south of Mendocino on PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). Mendocino Headlands features grassy headlands filled with wildflowers in the spring and rocky outcroppings with some forming arches and beaches where the Big River meets the ocean. Activities at Mendocino Headlands include fishing, surfing, kayaking, diving, whale watching and other wildlife viewing.

Mendocino Headlands State Park
Main Street
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 937-5804

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Van Damme State Park is located 3 miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. Van Damme is known for its Fern Canyon, Cabbage Patch and Pigmy Forest. Activities include tide pool exploration, beach camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, abalone diving and fishing. A paved trail is popular with joggers and bicyclists. Kayak tours are available on the beach, which give access to several sea caves. The Fern Canyon Trail passes through a lush redwood forest thick with ferns. Van Damme was historically a regular stop for lumber ships heading to San Francisco. Van Damme is a good option for camping at the beach.

Van Damme State Park
Little River, California 95456
(707) 937-5804

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Hendy Woods State Park is located off Highway 128 between Navarro and Boonville. Situated beside the Navarro River and among a virgin redwood forest, popular activities include camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Fishing has been limited here for several decades. Nature trails lead to an old hermit dwelling and 2 old-growth redwood groves. Two campgrounds offer nearly 100 campsites with modern amenities. Several of Mendocino's best wineries are situated along Highway 101 just outside the park.

Hendy Woods State Park
Philo-Greenwood Road
Philo, CA 95466
(707) 895-3141
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Manchester State Beach

Manchester State Park is located on the north end of Manchester off Highway 1. Park is known for its 760 acres of beaches, sand dunes and flat grasslands. Activities include beach camping, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing and horseback riding. Point Arena Lighthouse is located on the southern edge of the park and offers accommodations in former light keepers cabins. Manchester is a great choice for camping at the beach.

Manchester State Park
Manchester, CA 95459
(707) 882-2463

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Salt Point State Park is located off Highway 1 approximately 20 miles north of Jenner. Situated along a rocky shoreline backed by forested hills, activities include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, camping, diving and tide pool exploration. A Visitor Center has artifacts and details the history of when Salt Point was used as a sandstone quarry. The Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve is located to the north of the park and features a wild rhododendron forest.

Salt Point State Park
25050 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3221
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Fort Ross State Historic Park is located off Highway 1 approximately 11 miles north of Jenner. Situated along a rocky shoreline, Fort Ross was once a Russian settlement in the early 1800's. Fort Ross served as a hub for trade, exploration and settlement in the region. Today, Fort Ross features a reconstruction Russian-era fort complete with building, a cemetery, historic orchard, Visitor Center, restrooms, picnic areas and nature trail. Activities include fishing, whale watching, abalone diving and wreck diving of the S.S. Pomona. The San Andreas Fault runs very near to the fort and is clearly visible. Beach camping is available to the south of the Fort Ross at Reef Beach.

Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3437
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Armstrong Redwoods State Park is located off Highway 116 (River Road) north of Guerneville. Armstrong Redwoods features an old-growth Redwood forest. It offers a Visitor Center, amphitheater, nature trails and horseback riding stables. Picnic areas feature grills, tables and restrooms.

Armstrong Woods State Park
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-2015

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Sonoma Coast State Park is a collection of several beaches spanning 17 miles from Jenner to Bodega Bay. There's something offered for everyone between all these beaches. Campgrounds are available at Willow Creek, Pomo Canyon, Wright's Beach and Bodega Dunes.

Sonoma Coast State Park
Bodega Bay, California 94923
(707) 875-3483

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  • Willow Creek offers a few primitive campsites with no running water. Camping is along the Russian River and shaded by willow trees. A large sandy beach is a short distance away. Access from Highway 1 by turning east on Willow Creek road at south side of Russian River.
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  • Pomo Canyon offers primitive camping a little distance inland. Camping is among redwood trees and fern canopy. A three mile trail leads to Shell Beach. There is running water but no flushing toilets.
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  • Goat Rock is a large sandy beach with picnic tables and restroom facilities. Access from Highway 1 by turning east on Willow Creek road at south side of Russian River.
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  • Blind Beach is a large sandy beach to the south of Goat Rock. Access from Goat Rock Road.
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  • Shell Beach is known for its exceptional tide pools and fishing. Watch for sign off Highway 1.
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  • Wright's Beach offers beach camping. Restroom facilities, running water, fire rings and picnic tables are provided. Bodega Dunes is nearby with shower facilities. Watch for sign off Highway 1.
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  • Duncan's Landing/Cove was once a loading point for lumber company exports. Blooming wildflowers in the Spring draw tourists to the area. A small scenic loop covers the bluff. Two parking areas offer trails leading down to the beach. Watch for sign off Highway 1.
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  • Portuguese Beach & Schoolhouse Beach are large sand beaches popular with surf fisherman. Three parking areas offer access to these two beaches. Portuguese Beach is a large sandy beach where Schoolhouse is a small cove bordered by bluffs.
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  • Salmon Creek Beach connects with Bodega Dunes to offer two miles of large, sandy beach. The creek forms a freshwater lagoon on the beach. Fishing, picnicking, beach combing and surfing are popular activities. Access from Highway 1 just north of Salmon Creek.
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  • Bodega Dunes offers beach camping as well as RV hookups. Facilities including hot showers. A classic boardwalk leads to a huge sandy beach. Access from Bodega Dunes Campground entrance on dirt road just past the entrance station or from Bean Avenue directly off Highway 1.
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  • Bodega Head forms the entrance to Bodega Harbor. Hiking trails across the bluffs lead to small cove beaches. Crabbing is popular along the harbor jetty. Exit Eastshore Road from Highway 1, make right on Bay Flat Road and follow to the end. Bay Flat Road becomes Westshore Road.
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Tomales Bay State Park is located off Highway 1 forty miles north of San Francisco. This huge bay is formed by the San Andreas Fault. The waters are protected from wind and waves by the pine tree blanketed Inverness Ridge. Visitors enjoy hiking trails, picnicking, swimming, clamming and boating. The landscape includes beaches, meadows, forests and marshlands.

Tomales Bay State Park
1208 Pierce Point Road
Inverness, California 94937
(415) 669-1140

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