Arcata Marsh
– With over five miles of walking and biking paths, the 307 acre bird and wildlife sanctuary is known for its wondrous sunsets and peaceful bird watching. Bring the kids to the interpretive center to learn about the variety of habitats, including freshwater and salt marshes, tidal sloughs, grassy uplands & mudflats. The marsh is also home to the City of Arcata’s innovative wastewater treatment facility, where wastewater has successfully been turned into a resource.

Community Forest – Comprised of 2,350 acres of second growth Redwood and mixed conifer forest and miles of trails. You will fall in love with the forest, as so many have done, as you adventure through the fairyland of tall trees, ginormous ferns, singing birds and wondrous mixed-use paths. Be sure to follow the rules of the trails as bikers yield to equestrian riders and hikers; bring your dogs along, but they must be on a leash.

Hammond Trail – As part of the California Coastal Trail, the 5.5-mile Hammond Trail provides adventure, history and beautiful vistas. The south entrance, located in Arcata, commences over a 1942 steel truss bridge across the Mad River and tunnels through a beautiful thick overgrowth of flora before opening up to spectacular bluff-side views of the Pacific Ocean.

The DunesA unique habitat like nowhere else; as you explore the dunes you will be swept through coastal forests, and native plant mats with seasonal wetlands, finally finding yourself in a moonscape of shifting sand dunes that over the years have engulfed full forests. Look for the tops of dead trees that show the remains of a time passed.