The town of Arcata is nestled between the Community Forest, full of hiking and biking trails (to the East), and the Arcata Bottoms, an expanse of pasture (to the West.)
Home to Cal Poly Humboldt, the population of 18,801 (2020) can fluctuate seasonally with the University Schedule.
Arcata is 7.7 miles north of Humboldt’s largest city, Eureka. The drive consists of a scenic trip along the bay, with views of Fickle Hill and the Arcata Marsh. To the North, 5.8 miles out of town, you’ll reach Mckinelyville – a drive which will take you through Arcata’s commercial center, more pasture and over the Mad River. Bayside is an area south of town, but is still in city limits, which is popular for its pastoral views and community hall.
Arcata has an active downtown because of a central plaza, which hosts many seasonal community events. People love to visit Redwood Park, and hike or bike the trails. There is beach access at Mad River beach to the north, and family-friendly parks throughout.
The Farmer’s Market takes place on the Arcata Plaza weekly, and features many local growers as well as other local businesses. Arcata is also lucky to have a variety of excellent, locally owned restaurants and features some of the best sushi anywhere on the North Coast.
The ballpark downtown is home to the Humboldt Crabs baseball team and throughout the summer you can take in a high-quality, small town game, complete with all the ballpark fare and local beer you can handle.
One attraction entirely unique to Arcata is the Marsh, where sustainability, wildlife and recreation come together. The Marsh is a great place to take a walk, enjoy the sunset or go bird watching.
Arcata also has a lot of interesting shops to visit along with breweries, craft food and all the nooks and crannies you’d expect of a geographically isolated college town.
Where to stay in Arcata, from visitredwoods.com
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