Thirty miles north of Eureka, Patrick’s Point State Park sits on a lushly forested promontory beside the Pacific Ocean.
The one-square-mile park is densely packed with potential adventures. On a short walk around the perimeter of the park you can hunt for agates, explore tidepools, walk through a jungle of shrubs and trees as you peer out at seals, sea lions, and migrating whales. In the park’s interior, you’ll find a visitor center, a native plant garden, a re-constructed Yurok plank-house village. You can picnic, or wake up to birdsong at one of three campgrounds. In summer you can witness a traditional ceremony at Sumêg Village or take a hike led by a docent or professional naturalist.