Parks & Trails

Parks and Campgrounds

Day Use 

All parks and trails operated by Humboldt County are open for day use. Day use hours are posted at each park. Parking areas are open but may be subject to vehicle limits (especially at Swimmers Delight). Restrooms are open and being cleaned regularly. Picnic tables are available at some parks but have been spaced to support social distancing. Day-use fees are required at A.W. Way, Big Lagoon, Freshwater, and Van Duzen County Parks. 

Freshwater Park 

The Freshwater Park playground, creek access, and volleyball court are open. The seasonal dam will not be installed on Freshwater Creek this summer because the fish ladder needs to be redesigned and reconstructed and the environmental permits need to be renewed.

The gazebo area at Freshwater Park will be open for group reservations from June 25 through September 30, 2021. Humboldt County Parks will start taking reservations by phone on Tuesday, June 22, at 8:00 AM. People seeking to make a reservation for the gazebo area at Freshwater Park can call 707-445-7651 starting at 8:00 am on June 22. Calls will be answered in the order they are received. If the reservation specialist is busy, callers will be added to a list and call-backs will occur in order. The payment deadline will be established at the time of booking. Groups will need to sign an Agreement that includes a commitment to follow the applicable COVID-19 health and safety guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health.  

Single Site Campgrounds 

Campgrounds at Big Lagoon, Clam Beach, Samoa, Swimmers Delight (Van Duzen), and A.W. Way are open. Campground capacities are reduced to support social distancing. The shower facilities will be closed until County Parks staff receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Pamplin Grove Group Campground 

The Pamplin Grove group campground at Van Duzen County Park will be open for reservations from June 25 through September 30, 2021. Humboldt County Parks will start taking reservations by phone on Tuesday, June 22, at 8:00 AM.  People seeking to make a reservation at Pamplin Grove can call 707-445-7651 starting at 8:00 am on June 22. Calls will be answered in the order they are received. If the reservation specialist is busy, callers will be added to a list and call-backs will occur in order. The payment deadline will be established at the time of booking. The maximum stay is seven days. A 24-hour gap after each reservation will be incorporated into the schedule to allow time for cleaning and preparation. Groups will need to sign an Agreement that includes a commitment to follow the applicable COVID-19 health and safety guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health. The maximum group size, if any, will depend on the California Department of Public Health guidance in effect at the time. Humboldt County Parks expects that the State of California will update its guidance for outdoor recreation on or around June 15, 2021.

Public Health and Safety

If you choose to visit Humboldt County Parks, please take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wear a facial covering.
  • 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.
COVID-19 Safety Infographic

Responsibilities


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
  6. Arcata Bottom Bike Route

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