The Southern Humboldt Community Park features a playground, public beach access to the South Fork of the Eel River, and 3.5 miles of interpretive trails. The SHCP provides a place for outdoor recreation and physical activity in the form of hiking, bird walks, biking, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, picnicking, a disc golf course, a meditation labyrinth, and a skateboard ramp.
Visiting the Park
The Park offers two recreational areas, one on each side of Sprowel Creek Road: Tooby Playground and Picnic Area and the much larger Southern Humboldt Community Park Farm and Trails areas.
The Park is open from sun-up to sun-down year round. The Park is located on Sprowel Creek Road one mile from the Highway 101 Garberville exit.
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Many Park recreational features are located on the south side of Sprowel Creek road including trails, a labyrinth, a skate ramp, and a disc golf course. Comprised of nearly 400-acres this section of the Park property is a favorite recreational destination for walkers, joggers, hikers, bicyclists, bird watchers, horseback riders and dog walkers.
(Recent events have led the board to establish a moratorium on all but the most modest low-impact activities until current uncertainties with regards to County zoning and permitting procedures can be resolved.)
Tooby Memorial Playground and Picnic Area
The former “Tooby Park” is a small area within the Southern Humboldt Community Park and located on the north side of Sprowel Creek Road just past the main SHCP entrance. This 14-acre section of the larger park includes a sunny picnic area, a modern fenced playground, access to a beach on the Eel River, as well as a 7-acre mature redwood grove. There is soon to be a small sports practice area for local children’s beginning soccer and baseball teams, and plans are underway for a new barbecue pavilion. Tooby has been administered and maintained by SHCP since 2002. See information below regarding day-use/small events.
Day Use and Group Events at the Park
There are no fees for ordinary everyday use of the park by individuals.
If you would like to host a group event at the Park, please note that there is a small day-use fee. These fees are used to help the park cover the additional costs incurred by group use. Those who cannot afford to pay will not be turned away for events like birthday parties and (no-alcohol) family gatherings.
For more information regarding day-use / small events contact the park office (707) 923-2928.
Dogs in the Park
The Park is a favorite destination for dog-owners, and dogs are allowed throughout the Park as long as they are leashed and closely controlled at all times. As the park becomes increasingly popular, diligent dog control and etiquette become increasingly vital to everyone’s enjoyment. Please remember that while your dog may be very friendly, some people and some dogs are very uncomfortable around unfamiliar, unrestrained dogs. Remember, too, that there is wildlife throughout the Park, as well as livestock in the area near the barns.
Several dog owners have mentioned a desire for a fenced “Dog Park,” an off-leash area, and this may be possible once the park has been rezoned.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
- Be respectful of the farm and its livestock.
|Please Note: Motorized recreational vehicles are not permitted in the park.
Watch for Poison Oak!
Copyright 2001 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Pacific Poison Oak
Poison Oak grows throughout the Park. Watch for it in wooded areas, along trails and growing amongst blackberry bushes. Its oily sap urushiol, present in leaves, berries and even the bare stems of winter, causes most people to react with rashes, itching and blistering wherever the plant touches their skin. Rashes can also occur simply from touching clothing or animals that have come in contact with the plant.
For more information, go to http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Poison-Ivy-and-Poison-Oak.