The City of Eureka is the center of Humboldt County Operations. Like most areas here along the coast, you’ll find Redwoods to the east and water to the west, but in Eureka, the bay outlet creates a calm harbor, where boats are anchored and a waterfront trail stretches along the entirety.
The population of Eureka is 26,966 (2019) and that’s enough to make it the largest and only city in the area that isn’t formally designated as rural. Though it boasts most of the major retail and businesses, and features taller buildings than any other part of Humboldt, it still has a small town feel, with Old town along the marina and smaller city centers scattered throughout, such as Cutten and Henderson Center.
Eureka has several unique features, such as a small local zoo, adjacent to Sequoia Park, where recently, a skywalk has been installed for adventurers of all ages to enjoy. A quick trip over the Samoa bridge will land you on the peninsula, where you can access the ocean at multiple points, or drive all the way out to the jetty, where the harbor lets out into the Pacific.
Eureka was recently designated as one of California’s 12 ‘Art Cities’ and boasts numerous beautiful murals, with more being added annually. In Eureka you can find the arts at every corner, including multiple galleries, arts events and local artists featured in many small town shops throughout Old Town and beyond.
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