North Coast California Camping and RVing Information

Del Norte County

Del Norte County.

North of Klamath, visit the End of the trail Museum at the Trees of Mystery attraction; it has a large collection of Native American artifacts. You'll be greeted by statues of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.

In Crescent City, watch local fishing boats unload their catch-or try fishing in the Klamath and Smith Rivers. This is the northern gateway to the Redwood National Park. Offshore, see the oldest Pacific Coast working lighthouse in Crescent City.

Humboldt County

Humboldt County.

The 300-foot-tall redwoods tower overhead when you drive the 31-mile stretch of Highway 1 called the Avenue of the Giants. The trees within Humboldt Redwoods State park are part of the largest remaining forest of virgin redwood trees in the world. Head west to Rockefeller Forest to see the tallest tree. At Meyers Flat, you can pass through the Drive-Thru-Tree.

Continue up Highway 101 to see the ornate Victorian homes of Ferndale, called the 'Butterfat Palaces of Cream City,' reflecting the town's early dairy wealth. Farther north, you'll find more Victorian structures in Eureka. Tour Humboldt Bay by boat, then shop and dine in Old Town.

To the north, Arcata's town square is big on sophisticated shops and restaurants. Try freshly caught fish in the harbor town of Trinidad on the scenic Bay.

Between Orick and Crescent City are the world's tallest trees-preserved in Redwood Nat'l Park. These trees grow as tall as a 36-story building. Patrick's Point State Park provides a splendid ocean view.

Mendocino County

Mendocino County.

Travel scenic Highway 1 along the coast to take in the breathtaking views, the Gualala Hotel, and embrace nature in Gualala Point Regional Park, where trails lead to oceanfront cliffs overlooking a sandy beach.

Explore numerous parks, beaches, and coastal villages such as Point Arena, Albion, and Little River. In Point Arena, look for the historic lighthouse.

Mendocino, a historic Cape Cod-style enclave, doubles as the New England town of 'Cabot Cove' in the television show Murder, She Wrote. The entire village of Mendocino, established by New England whalers, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fine shops, galleries, and snug inns abound in this renowned artists' colony.

Board the Skunk Train in nearby Fort Bragg - named for an 1855 fort built to protect residents from hostile natives. Originally intended for logging, the train now carries passengers through 40 miles of awe-inspiring scenery to inland Willits and back. Don't miss the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on 47 acres overlooking the Pacific. At Noyo Harbor, charter a sport-fishing boat or catch a whale-watching cruise. From either Fort Bragg or Mendocino, stroll the headlands looking for seals. And, November to April, look for migrating California gray whales.

In Willits, visit the Mendocino County Museum to see Native American basketry and vintage steam-powered logging and railroad equipment. South is Ukiah, a major new wine-producing region.

Lake County

Lake County.

Clear Lake is the oldest lake in North America and the largest natural freshwater lake in California. Adventurous visitors will discover year round boating, fishing and hunting plus national forests, state parks and other public lands with trails for hiking, biking, rock collecting and bird watching.

Lake County provides the best bass fishing in the West with year round tournaments including annual catfish and trout derbies. Mt. Konocti, a majestic landmark that can be seen from any point along the 100 mile shoreline of Clear Lake is a dormant volcano that sits at an elevation of 4,300 feet with guided hikes offered on selected days.

Where else in the US or the world can you take a free tour of a geothermal power plant. The Geyers is the largest complex of geothermal power plants in the world producing superheated steam, a clean, renewable, and natural energy source.

Lake County's harvest includes luscious pears, locally brewed beer, English walnuts, goat cheese and awrd winning wines that have been served in the White House and overseas on Presidential tours. Currently there are four wineries and several tasing rooms with many more on the drawing board. Scenic wine, vineyard, wildflower, ranch and history tours by wagon, carriage, motor coach and limousine are available.

History and genealogy buffs will find several treasures at the two county museums. Stargazers and astronomers will enjoy a trip to the Taylor Planetarium and Observatory in Kelseyville. Car racing fans can enjoy competition at the Lakeport Speedway every Saturday night beginning in April and continuing into October.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County.

Sonoma, the last of the mission towns to be established, was fortified in the 1830s to protect Mexico's frontier from encroaching Russian settlements to the north. Picnic or dine on the historic Sonoma Plaza, then visit the former Mexican barracks and the 1823 Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma.

West of Sonoma, in Petaluma, board a steamboat for a ride on the Petaluma River. Then visit Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, the remains of a once-vast rancho.

Don't miss the 800-acre Jack London State Historic Park north of Sonoma near forested Glen Ellen. Survey the ruins of London's dream home, which burned down just before he and his wife moved in. In Santa Rosa, tour the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and the Church Built from One Tree, now a museum.

North of Santa Rosa, you can canoe in the Russian River past lovely vineyards. More than 50 wineries are clustered along the river's banks in the Russian River Valley. Hike the nature trail in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve near Guerneville. Monte Rio features riverfront beaches, romantic inns, and interesting shops and restaurants. North of picturesque Jenner- by-the-Sea stands Fort Ross State Historic Park, established as a Russian outpost in 1812. Farther north on the coast is Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, where flowers bloom from April to June.