Humboldt County

Welcome to Humboldt County

 
Redwoods meet the sea in this awe-inspiring enclave of historic towns
 
Best known for its commanding coastline of rugged bluffs and its ancient redwood forests, Humboldt County is a charming, rustic community with a rich history. Nature lovers often flock to this Northern Californian paradise for landmark natural wonders like the Avenue of the Giants, and the county harbors each of the 20 tallest trees in the world. 
 
Long before European settlers claimed the land that would become Humboldt County in the 1850s, the sprawling forests and majestic coastlines were home to several Native American tribes. Primarily composed of the Wiyot, Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, and Tolowa peoples, the land was favored for its abundant natural resources. Modern-day Humboldt County has grown into a bustling region of more than 135,000 residents. 
 
Humboldt County has a highly varied residential real estate market, one where multimillion-dollar seaside escapes and inviting family bungalows can be found. Depending on the city, buyers can expect to encounter everything from charismatic Victorian abodes to sleek new builds within walking distance of local downtowns.
 

What to Love

  • Just five hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Some of the nation’s finest national and regional parks
  • Majestic coastal views and beaches

Local Lifestyle

Living in Humboldt County means access to an incredibly diverse landscape, and consequently, the area is well-known for its population of adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and creative types. From the towering redwoods and striking mountain backdrops to pristine beaches and rural farms, Humboldt County is an eclectic assortment of nature and people. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Since the region covers several distinctive towns, Humboldt County can offer a wide variety of commercial options. If you favor small-town retail, you might try exploring the shops at Main Street in Arcata, where niche boutiques and hyper-local restaurants provide a charming escape from typical big-city shopping. However, if you’re hoping to browse national luxury brands and dine at familiar chains, it’ll require a lengthy trip south to the Bay Area for a more robust retail experience.
 
Humboldt County is a veritable paradise for foodies, particularly those with a penchant for seafood. Views of the harbor and heavenly dishes like calamari steak strips are part of why Café Marina and Woodley’s Bar in Eureka makes repeat customers out of nearly every diner. For a down-to-earth atmosphere and inspiring views of an iconic pier, diners in Trinidad can check out Seascape and experience its delightful trove of fresh seafood.
  

Things to Do

Since Humboldt County is positively brimming with enthralling parks and forests, it should come as no surprise that the most popular activities tend to revolve around exploring the great outdoors. For instance, Humboldt Redwoods State Park is among the world’s most famous parks and houses several of the globe’s tallest trees. The park contains the legendary Avenue of the Giants and Hyperion, a 380-foot goliath — the tallest tree in the world. 
 
For an unforgettable experience, the King Range National Conservation area offers more than 42,000 acres of dramatic landscape. Mountains meet the sea in this staggeringly beautiful destination, and visitors can choose hiking, surfing, kayaking, hunting, and camping. 
 
History lovers also appreciate the rich heritage of Humboldt County, and when residents aren’t traversing the wild terrain, they’re often taking in the almost equally enchanting historic architecture. A top tourism spot, the tiny town of Ferndale has remarkably well-preserved Victorian architecture, so much so that the colorful area has been dubbed “Victorian Village.”
 

Schools

  • Union Street Charter School, grades K–5 (public elementary school ranked first in the county)
  • Jacoby Creek Elementary School, grades K–8 (public elementary school ranked #2 in the county)
  • St. Bernard’s Academy, grades 7–12 (highly rated public middle school)

 

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