Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals – Great Outdoor Activities & Tours

Visit Us For The Perfect Redwood Forest Vacation.

Redwood National ParkPrairie Creek State ParkStone Lagoon, Dry Lagoon, fabulous beaches, and the tallest tree in the world!

Pacific Outfitters Academy & Adventures

Pacific Outfitters Academy is all about providing you with the knowledge and skill necessary to safely enjoy your chosen sport or activity. Their professional, certified instructors utilize best practices to facilitate your development from beginner to expert. Whether you’re looking to refine your skill, or are just getting started in kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), surfing, or hunting/shooting, they can help you get there. Guests of Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals receive a 10% Discount at booking using promo code RVR10%. Reserve space for your chosen adventure 2 days in advance. They can even arrange transport from your vacation rental.

Spring Whale Watching Tours

RCVR guests receive a $5 discount on spring whale watching tours with Kayak Trinidad.

Enter the code KTRCVR5 at time of checkout from the online reservation system at

All info is on the Kayak Trinidad site or guests can call or email for more info. 707-329-0085 [email protected]

All ages and abilities are welcome. No experience is required and all gear and guides are included in the tour fee.

Whale tours begin in March and run into June, with the peak of the migration happening April to mid May.

Fern Canyon

Imagine walking through a narrow canyon where the walls are completely covered by luxuriant ferns and mosses and are dripping with moisture.

This level trail of about one mile follows Home Creek as it courses through the forest. This modest stream has over the eons carved a deep (50 to 80 feet) canyon through the sedimentary soils. The vertical walls sprout an amazing variety of ferns (five different kinds) and other moisture-loving plants and mosses. Depending on the time of year, there is a constant drip-drip of water trickling down the canyon walls.

During summer months, foot bridges are installed over the creek to make this trail easier (and dryer), but it is generally passable year-round if one is nimble and can tolerate getting damp.

Redwood Adventures Guided Eco Tours with Naturalists 

Enhance your visit with an interpretive tour into the ancient old-growth redwood forest and beyond. Let our Naturalists help unravel the deep mysteries that abound in the ancient old growth of Redwood National Park. We will enable your group to visit the most pristine, ancient, and significant of all remaining parts of the parks.

All our tours can be completely customized to meet your interests and abilities, let us do the planning for you!

Tours can either be half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6.5 hours). Pricing on site.  Private Tours available.


The North Coast is home to some of the best surfing breaks in California.

Beginners like Moonstone Beach near Trinidad, California.  Experts like the Mouth of Hunboldt Bay and along the Samoa Peninsula (Bunkers).  Camel Rock (aka Houda Point), just north of Moonstone Beach, is a great moderate break.

Visit Salty’s in Trinidad, California for rentals and surf information.

Call Moonstone Beach Surf Camp for instruction.

redwood forest tours

Surfing, Sailing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Lessons, Wetsuits & Equipment Rental through Humboldt State University – Open to Everyone!

Center Activities @ Humboldt State University in Arcata offers equipment rental such as surfboards, wetsuits, kayaks & stand up paddle boards, by the day or week.  The Center also has group classes for sailing in our lagoons & bay, river kayaking, surfing, rafting, hiking and more!  Sign up yourself, you and your friends, or your family and have a blast!


California’s North Coast region offers some of the finest kayaking & rafting opportunities in the west.

The multitude of waterways, Humboldt Bay, Humboldt Wild Life Refuge,  The Lagoons, rivers-Trinity River,  estuaries & sloughs -Eel River Estuary, Mad River Slough, Hookton Slough and coastline, Trinidad Harbor, contain plenty of choices for the first time paddler or wilderness-paddling fanatic alike. Photo courtesy of Humboats.  Some great guides and places to rent are:

Kayak Zaks

Humboats Kayak Adventure

Pacific Outfitters

River Rafting on the Trinity River. Willow Creek, California

During the summer an hour’s drive due east of Arcata via Hwy 299 will bring you to the warm, sunny mountain town of Willow Creek and the cool clear waters of the Trinity River. The Trinity River is well known for its rafting and kayaking opportunities. Take a guided tour or rent a complete set up – inflatable raft or kayak to complete your own trip down the river.  Image courtesy of Redwoods and Rivers Rafting Company.

Redwoods and Rivers Rafting Company

Six Rivers Rafting Company

Bigfoot Rafting Company

Horseback Riding in Redwood National Park 

Guided horseback rides into Redwood National Park. All tours include guided, interpretive tour of local history, flora & fauna.

Choose your ride:  One and half hour Goose Pen Ride: Travel up the mountain thru various stages of the redwood forest, get your picture taken on your horse inside one of these giant wonders.

 Two hour Majestic Ride: Travel up past the goose pen to see a majestic grove of untouched old growth redwoods.

Four hour Picnic Ride: Saddle up with the Buckarettes to trek through the ancient old growth forests of Redwood National Park. At the 1/2 way point, we’ll stop and have lunch under the trees before heading back down the trail. Lunch is included.

Ocean Fishing

Oceans, Rivers, Lagoons and Humboldt Bay –  If you like to fish, we’ve got the spot.

Northwind Charters – Sport Fishing Trinidad, CA 707-601-0034 or 707-616-5803   Salmon, tuna, rockfish, halibut salt and fresh water sport fishing experts.

Shanendoah – The Shenandoah is a 44 foot diesel cruiser. With over 100 feet of rail space each passenger has plenty of room to fish. We are only minutes from the fishing grounds, making two trips daily. (707) 677-9485

Reel Steel – Woodley Island / Eureka Humboldt Bay  Custom fishing charters for groups of four of less. We provide all tackle and bait. With over 30 years experience fishing local waters. 707-499-4925.

More Visitor Information Can Be Found At Humboldt Visitors Bureau

Also, check out this great list of things to do designed by one of our creative & artistic homeowners:

More Must See & Must Do

Holly Yashi

Known throughout the world for its luminous colors and innovative design styles.

Holly Yashi’s handcrafted, award winning jewelry is made right here in Humboldt County and sold in more than 1,100 upscale galleries and boutiques nation wide and has been featured in magazines, movies and television shows.

Enjoy a guided tour through our design studio and see Holly Yashi jewelry being handcrafted.  We offer one public tour each weekday at 11am free of charge.  The walking tour lasts about 30 minutes.  Your tour guide will give you a brief history of Holly Yashi and walk you through the 4,800 sq. ft. design building while explaining and showing the steps of our jewelry production.

Old Town Jewelery in Eureka

Working mostly in gold with diamonds or colored gems, Johnson designs earrings, necklaces and rings, especially engagement and wedding rings. He often works with customers’ sentimental gemstones and offers liberal trade-ins on old gold jewelry.

Bigfoot Museum

See Bigfoot’s footprint.  The Willow Creek – China Flat Museum highlights the history of logging in and around Willow Creek, and is perhaps best known for its collection of materials on Bigfoot!

Take a sentimental journey back to the days of the early pioneers of this beautiful mountain community as you browse through the museum’s wonderful collection of things from the past. A part of the permanent collection is a complete replication of a miner’s cabin.

Then head on over to the Big Foot Exhibit. The Bigfoot exhibit has pictures, newspaper articles, maps ofsightings , Bigfoot casts, which have been made with a plaster like material to replicate the foot prints that have been collected over the years and donated to the museum. Come… see our collection and read all about Bigfoot!


Stay and play at some of the best Native American Casinos on the West Coast.

Cherae Heights Casino

Blue Lake Casino

Bear River Casino

Wine Tasting

Enjoy a glass of wine on the Redwood Coast

With more than 20 wineries, Humboldt County has some of the most original and distinctive wines on the North Coast. Savor a glass of wine, tour one of our outstanding vineyards or wineries, and see for yourself what makes Humboldt County’s wines so flavorful and unique.

Humboldt State University

Learning to Make a Difference: Learning to make a difference is a core value at Humboldt State University, and service learning, civic engagement, and social responsibility are incorporated into many of our courses. We also strongly endorse diversity in its many facets, and strive to reflect it in our academic and employment policies and practices.

You’ll find HSU students are action-minded, self-reliant, adventuresome, and creative. They thrive on countless opportunities for hands-on research, a rarity in undergraduate training. Students here learn by doing as well as studying.

Micro Breweries

Besides the Big Trees, Humboldt County offers exceptional microbrewery experiences, as many adventuresome foodies have discovered

Here’s a roundup of the best of the beer halls, which have won oodles of national awards and host happening happy hours, where locals and visitors alike are welcomed as old friends. They include the U.S.’s first certified organic brewery and one of the first female brewmasters.

Redwood Curtain Brewery | Humboldt Regineration | Lost Coast Brewery | Eel River Brewery | Mad River Brewery | Six Rivers Brewery

Humboldt Beer Tours

The best way to experience all six Humboldt County Microbreweries

Public beer tours can be reserved at, and depart from, the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center located at 205 G St. in Old Town Eureka.

Humboldt County currently has 5 production breweries (Mad River Brewing Co., Eel River Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. and Six Rivers Brewery) and the regions first CSB (Community Supported Brewery) nano-brewery, Humboldt Regeneration.

Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours

Humboldt Bay is world-renowned for its Pacific Oysters including famous brands like Kumomoto and Bucksport. Tours are available by motorboat from Woodley Island in Eureka or by kayak from the Arcata Marsh.  This interactive tour includes oyster farming history, harvesting techniques, bay and marsh ecology, boat safety, hands-on oyster harvesting, and includes three oysters to take home or to the restaurant of your choice.  The Humboldt Bay Oyster Tour takes two hours and is run rain or shine.

Motorboat tour is $75 per person and there is a one hour boat tour available for $55.

OYSTER BAR: If you want to stay off the water, visit our Tasting Room and Oyster Bar for our local favorites of farm fresh oysters, beer, wine, cheese, and breads, in Old Town Eureka.  205 G Street Eureka, (2nd & G Sts.)  CA 95501.


Take a guided tour on the Madaket, the nation’s oldest passenger ferry. This 8.5 mile one-hour cruise travels along the Eureka Waterfront. Narration includes all points of interest, including the discoveries of Humboldt Bay, timber industry, wildlife, shipping, maritime history and activity, Indian history and more. This is a great way to learn about the Humboldt Bay area!

Seasonal Schedule mid-May til Oct, runs daily.  Check website for schedule

The Madaket is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported mill workers and families around Humboldt Bay. Built in 1910 and refurbished in 1989, she remains as a reminder of Eureka’s bustling waterfront era. Since the completion of a local bridge in 1972, that put the ferry business out of business, the vessel regained a new life as Humboldt Bay’s harbor cruise flag boat.

Old Town Carriage Company

Take in the sights of Historic Old Town Eureka while riding in a horse drawn carriage.

Brendan Fearon will guide you on a most unique & informative tour of Eureka’s once bustling commercial district.  Great for a family outing or to spark a little romance with an evening ride. Look for the carriage at the Gazebo on 2nd & F streets.

Also available for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and special events throughout Humboldt County. Call or email to find out more.

Eureka Ghost Tours . Eureka’s only “Ghost Tour” 

Join us and learn about Eureka’s bawdy past and its haunted present. From its rough and tumble beginnings Eureka has been a wide open town, and as you will learn not all of its stories can be explained. As you tour the streets of Old Town learn what happened in Opera Alley, and what is underneath 2nd Street. Find out about Captain Buhne’s tragic loss, and what is upstairs in Ruby’s Room. Tours last around an hour and a half. We guarantee you will never forget “Eureka’s other side of history.”

Relax and enjoy our tour as we take you on a walk through time.

Eureka Mural Tour

Humboldt County is home to hundreds of artists, and this fact is apparent when one notices the numerous murals that adorn many of the Eureka area buildings.

This self-guided tour spotlights magnificent murals painted on the sides of buildings. Renowned local artist Duane Flatmo has painted many of these, some humorous and some depicting historical views of the area.

Trinidad Massage & Day Spa

Services include, but are not limited to:

Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Swedish/Circulatory, Lymphatic, Prenatal care, Spa Treatments,&  Hot Stone Massage.

Spa owner, Katherine Perry offers all natural Manicures and Pedicures, Gel polish services using CND Shellac or OPI Gelcolor,

Eminence Organic Skin Care and Facials.

(707) 677-9225

Redwood Edventures

Your link to everything fun and fascinating — for children, youth and the young at heart — related to the California Coastal Redwoods

Dinner, Drinks and a Movie at Arcata’s Minor Theater 

With the trend of dine-in (and drink-in) luxury cinemas beginning to spread across the nation, Arcata’s beloved landmark theater has recently gotten on the bus. When in Arcata, CA you can now grab dinner and drinks while catching an eclectic film, including foreign, indie and cult classics at this iconic theater, first established in 1914 and the oldest building in the entire U.S. designed for feature films!