Explore Humboldt Bay, Beaches, Trees and Trails

“Into the great wide open, under them skies of blue”… the familiar refrain of Tom Petty’s, “Into the Great Wide Open,” is an apt description of what awaits travelers to Humboldt County, CA: plenty of beaches, abundant open spaces, and trails. Over 40 different parks, preserves and beaches with endless trails are located within easy access of The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel in Fortuna. Let’s plunge right in and start planning your trip to the “Land of The Giants”:

2 hikers dwarfed by CA redwood forest

Stay with us at The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel

Start your Pacific Coast vacation on the right foot by checking into our independent hotel. We are right off iconic Highway 101 (Redwood Highway), and ideally situated just minutes away from our magnificent redwood parks, pristine beaches, the historic Victorian village of Ferndale and close to the Eel River. Our vision of hospitality is “friends taking care of friends” – and that should tell you everything you need to know about us! Check out our specials, or give us a call (yes, we have real people who will answer the phone!) and let us help you plan your trip.

It’s All About the Trees

Lest we forget, Humboldt County is “Redwood Central” – we are all about the big trees here. And with good reason – there are amazing redwoods and state parks surrounding Fortuna, including some deemed a must-see. We even have “drive-through” trees; you can literally drive right through these trees!


Miles and miles of breathtaking coastline, hiking and walking trails, crashing waves and windswept dunes… we think our beaches are pretty awesome. And they’re not just for sunbathing; you can hone your beachcombing skills, watch hang gliders and surfers, have a picnic on the beach, or cast your rod and see if you can reel in a fish. Some of our favorite beaches are Black Sands Beach (90 minutes away), Agate Beach (46 miles from The Redwood Hotel), Trinidad State Beach (42 miles), and South Spit Beach, just 20 minutes away.

Humboldt Bay

Our bay and the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge are worthy of their own weekend-long tour simply because of the variety of attractions: it’s a hot spot for migratory birds, especially during spring and fall. Not content to let birds steal the show, a wide range of other species make their presence known, including black-tailed deer, the white-footed deer mouse, harbor seals, river otters and sea lions among others. Beneath the bay water you’ll find 95 species of fish, Dungeness crabs, and perhaps the occasional leopard shark. 

Hiking & Walking

Just steps from our hotel is Fortuna’s Riverwalk, a 2-mile path along the banks of the Eel River, where bikers and hikers can get up close and personal with one of the North Coast’s wild rivers. In our neighboring town of Eureka, you’ll find the Eureka Waterfront Trail, a 6.5 mile stretch along Humboldt Bay, giving walkers and bikers safe and easy access to Eureka’s waterfront and Eureka’s popular Old Town. For a little more rugged experience, try The Lost Coast Trail, a “beach wilderness” unto itself, a remote area of pristine black sand beaches untouched by development or major roads. We invite you to read about some additional suggestions for hiking experiences.

Stella Says, “Don’t forget Fido!” There are many dog-friendly hikes in the redwoods and along the beaches near Fortuna, and we’ve got the map to prove it!

We take immense pride in our exceptional hospitality, and we’ll also give you as many “freebies” as possible so that you can have the best Northern California experience, including our complimentary breakfast, free parking near all of our guest rooms, free high-speed Wi-Fi/Internet and more. As our Hotel Steward Alicia says, “we’re not happy unless you’re happy.” Please call us at 707-725-5500 or book direct online to reserve your room!

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