Located 5 miles north of Arcata lays McKinleyville. Home of the California Redwood Coast — Humboldt County Airport this small town is actually the 3rd largest in Humboldt County. McKinleyville sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With its close
proximity to beaches, rivers, and trails as well as shops and restaurants, McKinleyville offers many opportunities for fun and interesting things to do.
The most popular feature of McKinleyville is the
Hammond Trail. This 5-mile trail winds along the coastline from the Mad River at the south of town up to
Clam Beach in the north. The trail offers amazing vistas and great opportunities for bird watching. Harbor seals and whales can be spotted from the trail at certain times of the year also. This is a great trail to bike, walk, or ride horses.
McKinleyville has several parks. The
Hammond Trail passes by Hiller Park, which offers a playground, restrooms, a picnic area, and a dog park, as well as a separate set of hiking trails.
Hiller Park backs directly up to Mad River Bluffs, a 74-acre property containing yet more beautiful coastal trails. Azalea State Natural Reserve is another great park for trails
and picnicking. During spring the pink and white blossoms of the western azalea fill this 30-acre reserve.
Clam Beach County Park just north is an expansive beach great for clamming, fishing, horseback riding, or simply beachcombing. Additionally, McKinleyville’s
Beau Pre Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course with beautiful fairways and views of the Pacific.
The town itself has great restaurants, shops, and cafes.
Six Rivers Brewery is a popular destination that sits on a hill overlooking the Mad River Estuary and the Pacific Ocean. This place boasts’ not only great views, but great food and beer, and a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Other dining options include
excellent sushi and Mexican cuisine, among more. McKinleyville hosts monthly Art Nights during which local artist display their work in shops throughout town. Held every January is the
Trinidad to Clam Beach Run, an exciting nationally known run that draws many visitors. Pony Express Days is another great town event held every June and features a parade, music, and family friendly activities.
Oh, we cannot forget! McKinleyville is also home of the world’s tallest totem pole located in the Mckinleyville Shopping Center. This totem measures 174 feet tall and is definitely an interesting and notable attraction.
McKinleyville is an excellent location to call home while on your Redwood Forest Vacation trip and offers many premier coastal vacation rentals and redwood cabins just minutes to
Redwood National Park.
Check Out Our Featured Vacation Rentals in McKinleyville:
Rancho Del Sol - EcoCool - Just built!
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Hot Tub, Master Suite, Dog okay, fenced yard
one of the bicycles we provide to run along the amazing Hammond Trail of the coast - just a 5 minute bike ride from the house! Gorgeous and on a quiet cul-de-sac next to fields and you can even walk to the beach!
Coastal Calm - Stylish, 2 Bdrm Home for Family Vacation or Extended Stay
Located at the North end of McKinelyville, close to the beach and trails & only
10 minutes to either Trinidad or Arcata. Great house, large, private yard with pasture views. This home is brand new!
& Spacious 6 Bdrm Bella Vista on the Hill awaits you! Spacious 6 Bdrm Bella Vista on the Hill awaits you!
Perfect for a big family, or two to three families to share. Great for a family
Cove Beach Home
Mermaid Cove Beach Home is perched aside the Mad River and features amazing, unobstructed views of
the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeously and appropriately decorated as a modern beach home, this accommodation is truly a getaway home. The tone is fresh, crisp, inviting, modern and very comfortable.
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Silverado 3 bedroom Duplex - New & in great neighborhood
Silverado 1 bedroom Duplex - Perfect for 1 or 2
Vista Point Flat - Your 1 Bedroom Home Away From Home
Fieldbrook Family Farmhouse
Spacious 4 Bedroom Estate with your Private Tennis Court
Strawberry Creek Retreat at Tavern
Strawberry Creek Suite
Mermaid Cove Beach House
Rancho Del Sol - EcoCool & Just Built