Outdoors

Arcata Community Forest

Established in 1955, the Arcata Community Forest comprises 2,350 acres of second growth redwood forest, which creates a stunning visual backdrop for the City of Arcata. This spectacular forest provides close to 24 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Located just blocks from downtown Arcata, the forest is rich in wildlife, including approximately 145 bird species – including the threatened northern spotted owl. The forest is also habitat to several rare plant species, including the California lady’s slipper.

The Forest Guild has designated the Arcata Community Forest with their highest honor for excellent forestry in the United States, deeming it a “Model Forest.” The forest shares this title with only 25 others across the United States.

Redwood Park is adjacent to the Arcata Community Forest and offers trail access, in addition to a playground, outside picnic areas, restrooms and public meeting and event spaces.

Elevations range from 250 feet at Redwood Park to 1,010 feet at the eastern most boundary of the forest. There are many trail-heads and combinations of trails to be explored, allowing visitors to choose the best walk or hike to fit their comfort levels. Dogs are permitted at Redwood Park and on forest trails as long as they remain on a leash.

The Arcata Community Forest can be accessed at 14th and Union Streets, California Avenue, Granite Avenue, Diamond Drive, West End Road, Fickle Hill Road and 11th Street. Please click here to find a trail map and more information on how to access the trails, and click here for instructions on how to download a free map of the forest to your mobile device.

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