Arcata is located in Humboldt County,
the gateway to the Pacific Northwest off Highway 101 near the Highway 299
junction, 110 miles south of the Oregon
border in the heart of the Redwood country. Mild climate and beautiful
scenery attract thousands of visitors each year to the forest and
beaches. Arcata, California
Populationn: 17,100 Elevation: 33'
The downtown portion of Arcata includes
an old fashioned square with centerpiece park where people love to read
a book, look at the flowers and eat a lunch or sip coffee. Several of
the hills leading to the downtown overlook the Humboldt Bay. Shopping,
art galleries and restaurants are the main businesses in the downtown
Humboldt State University, one of the oldest colleges in the California
State University system, was founded in 1913 as a teachers college and
was called Humboldt Normal School. It has grown significantly since then
and its programs are nationally known and imitated.
The Arcata Community Forest is a 575 acre forest with trails, redwood
trees, and picnic areas. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is
internationally known and features bird watching and trails for walking
and jogging. The center of town is built around a Plaza with plenty of
shopping, restaurants and is conveniently located for the walking tour
of Victorian homes.
The County is bound on
the north by Del Norte Countyy; on the east by Siskiyou and Trinity
counties; on the south by Mendocino County and on the west by the
Pacific Ocean. The County encompasses 2.3 million acres, 80 percent of
which is forestlands, protected redwoods and recreation areas.
The southern part of the County includes Alton, Carlotta, Hydesville,
Rio Dell and Scotia; the Avenue of the Giants communities; Garberville
and Redway; the Eel, Mattole and Van Duzen River communities; Humboldt
Redwoods, Richardson Grove and Grizzly Creek State Parks; and the King
Range National Conservation Area.
The northern part of the County includes the City of Trinidad, Orick;
Redwood National Park; Prairie Creek and Humboldt Lagoons State Parks;
and several State Beaches.
The eastern part of the County includes Willow Creek, Hoopa Valley
Indian Reservation, Orleans, and a great deal of Six Rivers National
The southern border of the County is located 225 miles north of San
Francisco, the closest major metropolitan city. The County is linked by
Coastal Highway 101 to the rest of California to the South and the
Oregon Coast to the North. Highway 299 links the County to Interstate 5
to the east. The County airport in McKinleyville has daily flights to
San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle.
Where to stay:
Holiday Inn in Arcata is a great choice for accommodations.
California Welcome Center
1635 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521
707 822-3619 phone
707 822-3515 fax