All park trails are multi-use trails and can be used by walkers, dogs on leashes, joggers, bike riders and horses. Please use caution and consideration for other trail users.
Trails Map (PDF)
The Meadow Loop:
This 2.2 mile trail circles the meadow historically known as Tooby Flat. Visitors may spot a variety of birds including the Western Meadowlark or Grasshopper sparrow. A bird checklist and a self-guided plant walk brochure are available at the kiosk located near the southern entrance on Kimtu Road. It is designed to be navigable by families with cross-country baby strollers and/or adventurous preschoolers.
The Woods Trail:
This trail is a 1 mile loop off the Meadow Loop Trail. This trail continues straight into the woods from Wedding Grove and travels through the oak and bay laurel forest at the edge of the hillside and returns to the Meadow Loop Trail. This trail is also family friendly.
New Forestry-Demonstration Forest Trail:
The New Forestry Trail is a steep loop that takes off from and rejoins the Meadow Loop trail along the forest access road, not suitable for baby strollers. This trail was a project of the Institute for Sustainable Forestry (ISF) and Nick’s Interns, a youth career training program. The trail was created to provide access for the general public to witness restoration activities and sustainable forest practices. The Southern Humboldt Community Park is the perfect setting for this project as it incorporates healthy working models into the everyday lives of our community and will contribute to making these practices understood and accepted as commonplace. The Institute for Sustainable Forestry is thankful to Cereus Fund for providing this opportunity.
In addition to the above trails, new trails have been created by disc golfers and bicycle riders. Anyone contemplating an addition to the Park trail system should check with Park Caretakers before blazing new trails, as new trails may create erosion and/or damage habitat. We ask all Park users to protect the landscape by staying on mapped trails and resisting the urge to make shortcuts.
The Upland Forest Exploration Trail:
This trail will meander through 130 acres of upland forest dominated by a dense, second-growth mixed-hardwood Douglas-fir forest with scattered residual old-growth Douglas-fir and several large seasonal springs. This approximately one-mile trail will switchback through forest that overlooks the remainder of the Community Park and the South Fork Eel River. The forest offers opportunities for shaded relaxation; benches and picnic tables will someday be located at points along this trail.