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Arcata Community Forest

1635 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Arcata
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Natural History Museums
Description: A beautiful 600-acre forest of small redwoods and ferns.
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San Jose, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

In a short walking distance into the woods we found ourselves immersed in perfect quiet. Very scenic. Trails are great. Bring a camera because the backdrop of all photos is scenic and 'foresty'.

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Alexandria, VA
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130 reviews 130 reviews
35 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Almost immediately adjacent to Humboldt State University, the community forest is a gem. Although visitors to the area are most likely to visit the state or national parks with redwood trees, the community forest offers a serene and pleasant to enjoy nature at its finest. The park has multiple, well-marked trails among its several hundred acres. The forest lacks toilet... More

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Arcata, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I never get tired of the superb hiking trails there! Not many community forests practicing community based forestry in the US.

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Bremerton, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The park has very nice trails that are easily accessible and well maintained. The redwoods in this area are amazing.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A beautiful and peaceful park located next to Humboldt University. Definitely worth checking out! Very pretty scenery with a convenient location!

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Arcata, California
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158 reviews 158 reviews
36 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My daughter and I love walking thru this forest...so peaceful and beautiful. The forest is located next to HSU and close to downtown Arcata. Great photo ops and fairly extensive trails throughout. A definite must see if you're visiting the Arcata area and a nice hangout for the locals. The grassy picnic area near the trail head has tables and... More

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Austin, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This place blew us away...and within walking distance from the town square, immediately adjacent to the Humboldt State campus (and I mean immediate...as in step up on the curb from a campus road and you are in the park!) The Redwoods are pretty amazing in and of themselves. There is something majestic about their size and age...and the filtered sunlight... More

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Arcata, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This park, only a few minutes from downtown, offers a high payout for the small ante of a few steps. A few paces into the forest and you're catapulted into a nest of sky high growth and dime dropping silence. Serenity occupies her time here. This park offers a healthy menu of swings, slides, picnic tables and pleasant people. A... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

There is always great light filtering through the Redwoods as you hike in the forest rain or shine. A great workout no mater what your pace.

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Decatur, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Dense, redwood forest in an urban setting. But walking into the forest only 50 feet or so made you feel like you were in a wilderness area. LOTS of up and down, well-maintained trails. Plenty of parking.

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