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If Eureka is the heart of Humboldt County, Arcata is the soul. With the presence of Humboldt State University and a strong artisan culture from its residents, Arcata has a style & flair that is unique to Humboldt County. Fine dining, entertainment, arts, music and theater can all be found in abundance in Arcata. The Arcata Plaza hosts numerous community events throughout the year and is the central meeting place for most residents. The town has a tremendous community spirit and owns the nation’s first community forest of 2,300 acres that serves as a demonstration forest for sustainable forestry practices.
Located at the heart of Humboldt Bay, Eureka is the central hub of the entire county. It is the regional center for government, health care, business and the arts on the North Coast. It is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland. As of the 2010 census, the Greater Eureka area has a population of over 45,000. The entire city is a state landmark, which includes hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the nationally-recognized Carson Mansion, and the city has retained its original 19th century commercial core as a nationally-recognized Old Town Historic District. Eureka is also home to California’s oldest zoo, the Sequoia Park & Zoo.
Located north of Arcata, on the other side of the Mad River, Mckinleyville is one of the fastest growing markets in Humboldt County. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a backdrop of tree covered mountains, this modern day town surrounded by rural beauty combined with a leisurely paced atmosphere makes McKinleyville one of a kind. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, looking for a quiet getaway, taking the family on a tour of Northern California or looking to relocate, Mckinleyville offer something for everyone.The local airport is located in Mckinleyville for those needing easy access to other remote locations.
Trinidad is best known for its rugged coastline and spectacular views that attract adventurers of all ages. Trinidad’s ocean also offers impressive beaches, kayaking, fishing and crabbing. State and National Parks offer trails along ocean bluffs and access to remote beaches. It is one of the most desirable places to live, but also the most expensive compared to local standards. Compared though to most of California coastal real estate, Trinidad is still a good bargain.
Located about 20 minutes south of Eureka, on the banks of the Eel River, Fortuna is a close-nit, family oriented community that has its root in cattle ranching & farming. The weather tends to be a little more sunny and warmer in Fortuna which makes it a great place to work and play outdoors.
WILLOW CREEK, CA
Willow Creek is a rugged mountain community about 1 hour east of Eureka on Highway 299 and is nestled in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest. With great weather and the Trinity River winding through the Willow Creek area, outdoor enthusiasts of all types love what Willow Creek has to offer. Willow Creek is surrounded by farms and orchards producing fresh corn, juicy vine ripened tomatoes and the jewels of the valley, peaches. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors and 4 seasons, Willow Creek might be just what you’re looking for.
Also known as the Victorian Village, Ferndale is a small, but hearty town between Eureka and Fortuna. Historic Main Street will take you back in time. Named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Prettiest Towns, Ferndale has an authentic, romantic quality to it that isn’t found anywhere else in Humboldt County. Explore the old-fashioned mercantiles, antique stores, art galleries, and specialty shops, hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, and talk with the friendly people. Watch fresh candy being dipped by hand to whet your appetite for a fine dinner and an evening of theatre.