Parks & Trails

Public Safety

March 20, 2020: The following changes have been made for Humboldt County Parks in response to the Covid-19 public health emergency:

  1. Freshwater Park is closed.
  2. All others parks are open for day-use.
  3. All campgrounds are closed. (Big Lagoon, Clam Beach, Samoa, Van Duzen, A.W. Way)
  4. Rules at specific parks may change at any time, look for signs and notices.

If you visit, please take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Keep the minimum recommended social distance of six feet or more between yourself and other visitors.
  • Be courteous and warn other users of your presence with your voice to ensure proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass.
  • Practice personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces.
  • Don’t leave trash. Take everything out with you to protect other visitors and park workers.
  • If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home. If you are 65 or older or medically vulnerable, please follow the health directives to stay home. 
COVID-19 Safety Infographic


The Humboldt County Parks and Trails system features 17 park units (nearly 950 acres) and the five-mile-long Hammond Trail in McKinleyville. County Parks include ten beach parks, five parks with river access, five boat ramps, and five campgrounds.

Parks and Trails staff operate and maintain recreational facilities and manage the land for public safety and resource protection and conservation.   Humboldt County’s park and trail policies place an emphasis on (1) providing recreational opportunities which are highly accessible to the public and (2) protecting park resources from incompatible uses.   County parks and trails are managed to provide multiple recreational opportunities for people of all income levels and physical abilities.  Parks contribute to the quality of life and public health for county residents and provide opportunities for high-quality recreation experiences.

Parks and Trails staff maintain park facility infrastructure including restrooms, water and wastewater systems, showers, campsites, caretaker residences, boat ramps, parking areas, playground equipment, a seasonal dam, signs and fences, and various amenities.  Staff is also participating in planning efforts to consider development of regional trails and community forests. Park and trail maintenance also relies on various volunteer groups such as the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, CAL-FIRE, California Conservation Corps, Probation Department Juvenile Assigned Work Service, Boy Scouts, Hammond Volunteer Trail Stewards, and other community organizations for clean-up activities and other special projects.

  1. County Parks
  2. McKay Community Forest
  3. Hammond Trail
  4. Humboldt Bay Trail
  5. Annie & Mary Trail

Humboldt County's parks are located along the Pacific Ocean and the Eel, Van Duzen, Mattole, and Mad rivers. County parks offer camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, beachcombing, and clamming for the enjoyment of County residents and visitors.

Specific Information on Humboldt County Parks and Facilities

Humboldt County Parks & Trails