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“secluded beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of College Cove

College Cove
Humboldt County, Eureka, CA
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Ranked #10 of 14 Attractions in Eureka
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Eureka, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“secluded beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

This beach is protected from wind by surrounding cliffs. It is very picturesque with small islands offshore and small waterfalls. Don't be surprised by nudity this beach tends toward clothing optional. Also, the paths and steps getting down to the beach can be steep but pretty walk.

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Eureka, California
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“Gorgeous spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Exceptionally beautiful, a little hard to get to with trails down, used by some as a nude beach, but not so much any more. State park folk frown on it.

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Humboldt County
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“College Cove my favorite beach in Humboldt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2008

College Cove is an amazing beach as you can tell in the pictures. You can walk along the beach and see little waterfalls and watch the surf roll in. This beach is nice because there is shade to protect you from the sun and logs to sit on. College Cove is really protected from the wind and big surf. Many local surfers go here when the swell is really big to surf some mellow sets. I felt like I was in Hawaii when I sunbathed here and listened to birds singing. There is a bit of a hike down which is more difficult going back up. My mom did fine and she is healthy and in her early 60's. Just take it slow because it is a bit steep.
Getting to College Cove Beach:

* From Eureka, take US 101 north
* Take the turnoff for Trinidad and go toward the ocean on Main Street
* Where the road curves leftward, turn right onto Stage Coach Road
* Go past the entrance to Trinidad State Beach, 0.7 miles total
* Turn left where you see a small sign (that says College Cove) at the entrance to a dirt parking lot

The trail starts at the north end of the parking lot. (This trail is a nice walk if you keep going straight, it is very flat and has nice lookouts) Just a little ways on this trail and you will see a path to your left going down towards the beach. The path has steps to make it easier but it still is a little challenging.

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