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“Beautiful and uncrowded” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mad River Beach County Park

Mad River Beach County Park
150 Mad River Rd, Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 445-7491
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Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Arcata
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“Beautiful and uncrowded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a great place to walk with or without dogs and enjoy the beauty of nature. We didn't see another soul. The dunes were lovely and sand verbena was in bloom. There is evidence that beach bonfires are popular.

Visited July 2014
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“Good enough beach, but probably a party place at night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We thought the beach was okay, even though you have to slog up over some sand dunes to get there. It's long and open and horses are welcome :-)

However, the parking area was pretty trashy and dirty. This park is somewhat isolated and I'm guessing that it's a hangout for college kids on weekend nights. It's far enough away from town that the homeless/vagrants aren't here though. We were the only ones there on a weekday afternoon.

To get to the park, we wound around along narrow lanes beside pastures. In miles, it's not really that far but it takes some time since you're only driving about 30 MPH. The road is paved but bumpy.

There are other beaches that are easier to get to so we probably would not go back.

Visited May 2014
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