Currently a work in progress, when completed the Humboldt Bay Trail will be a 13-mile long network of paved paths connecting communities around Humboldt Bay. It will provide safe access for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, and is expected to improve traffic flow along the Hwy 101 corridor. It will connect central Arcata to the southern end of Eureka, and be part of the California Coastal Trail, itself another work in progress.
The cities of Arcata and Eureka have already built their sections. The Arcata extension of the trail is about three miles long. It runs from Samoa Blvd. just West of Arcata, through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and continues south to below the Bayside Cutoff along Humboldt Bay.
The Eureka section is called the Eureka Waterfront Trail. It begins at Elk River Parkway south of town and runs along the Bay behind the Bayshore Mall, past the fishing pier at the foot of Del Norte Street, up through the marina and downtown boardwalk and along the south shore of Humboldt Bay north of Hwy 255 and the south side of the Eureka Slough.
The connecting leg, a 4.2-mile section that would run by the bay along the 101 Highway Corridor, is intended to improve bicycle-commuting between Eureka and Arcata. Humboldt County has completed preliminary studies for it, and is attempting to secure environmental approval and funding for construction. It hopes to begin work by 2021.
More Info: Humboldt County Dept. of Public Works, 707-445-7652,
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