Like many of the towns in Humboldt County, the city of Eureka got its start as a Gold Rush transport center and later a logging and milling town—full of bars, card rooms and shady enterprises patronized by hundreds of loggers and sailors. With a population of more than 28,000 today, Eureka remains the cultural, political and economic hub of Humboldt County. While logging is still an important part of the local economy, Eureka also caters to an increasingly diversified local population.
A turn toward Humboldt Bay off Hwy 101 (4th or 5th Street in the heart of Eureka) between C and M Streets will bring the visitor to Eureka’s Old Town district. At the foot of F Street is the Eureka Boardwalk, which runs for five blocks along the waterfront area. Lined with benches, signal flags and other nautical touches, the boardwalk affords views of the Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay and local wildlife. The city continues to work on waterfront development and enhancement. An easy stroll behind the Carson Mansion at the top of 2nd Street leads to the lovely, massive Humboldt County Library. Comfortable chairs and great views encourage patrons to curl up with a good book.
Things to Do
- Eureka Old Town and the Boardwalk
- M.V. Madaket Boat Ride
- Kayaking in Humboldt Bay
- Woodley Island Marina
- Sequoia Park Zoo
- Humboldt Botanical Gardens
- Morris Grave Museum of Art
- Clarke Museum
- Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
- Samoa Cookhouse Logging Museum
- Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
- Fort Humboldt State Historic Park