Local Area Activities
While visiting Benbow KOA you are in the midst of the beautiful Redwoods and only minutes from the Avenue of Giants. There are many activities to do in the Benbow area and be sure to check out The Historic Benbow Inn.
"River fun in the mountain sun" is how this community on the scenic Trinity River bills itself, and indeed a popular pastime is whitewater rafting. There's much more to do, including backcountry auto tours through Six Rivers National Forest, wine-tasting and farm stands and visiting the China Flat-Bigfoot Museum with the world's largest collection of Bigfoot artifacts. The Willow Creek area is in fact ground zero for Bigfoot sightings.
The Arcata Plaza is a lively center of commerce and recreation. You'll find fantastic dining and unique shopping on the Plaza's borders. On May to October Saturdays, a wonderful Farmer's Market with live entertainment takes place. Sample the arts with Arts Arcata on the second Friday of each month. Find visitor information and fun shops in the Jacoby Storehouse on the plaza.
Redwood Scenic Parkway
This 10-mile scenic alternative to Hwy. 101 takes just a few more minutes and avoids the steep grades of the park bypass. From the north, exit at Newton Drury/Elk Prairie. Stop at intriguing trailheads and wander among the giants. Near the Elk Prairie visitor center, stop and watch the magnificent Roosevelt Elk. Bring binoculars and don't get too close...these are WILD animals!!
The "friendly city" is a great hub for visiting avenue of the Giants and the Eel River Valley towns of Ferndale and Loleta, and hosts several exciting events during the year. The River Lodge conference center offers heather gardens and a scenic walk along the river. On Main Street there's an interesting cluster of antique shops, while in Rohner Park you'll find the Fortuna Depot Museum and beautiful hiking trails through the redwoods.