Benbow KOA is located in the scenic Benbow Valley, 200 miles north of San Francisco on highway 101 off exit 636. The park is situated near the giant redwoods on the East Branch of the Eel River, and only 10 minutes south of the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Nearby are the towns of Garberville and Redway where campers have easy access to shopping, dining, gas, banking and medical services. A short walking path from Benbow KOA leads campers to Benbow Historic Inn, a beautiful 55-room luxury hotel, fine dining restaurant and lounge. The Inn is affiliated with Historic Hotels of America and is listed in the Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1926, Benbow Historic Inn is open 365 days a year and features outdoor dining in the summer that is enhanced by an outdoor summer music series under the stars that runs from mid June through the end of September. Benbow KOA and Benbow Historic Inn are owned by the same Partnership.
The living museum of the world's largest trees begins 6 miles north of Benbow KOA. This 31-mile scenic drive parallels Highway 101. Stop at Rockefeller Forest along the south fork of the Eel River to see Big Tree, Tall Tree and Flat Iron Tree. In Myers Flat you'll find the famous Drive Thru Tree. Just up the road is the Humboldt Redwood State Park Visitor Center.
The best-preserved Victorian Village in California is located about fifty minutes north of Benbow KOA. This colorful town is filled with antique stores, art galleries and shops. This town is also a favorite film location; most recently "Outbreak" and "The Majestic" was filmed there. Ferndale is also home to the Humboldt County Fair, featuring horse racing August 21st - 30th.
Just 6 short miles south of Benbow KOA, past some colorful redwood curio shops, you'll find Richardson Grove State Park, with trails along the Eel River winding gently through beautiful, magestic redwood stands. This scenic California State Park has hiking trails and a visitors center. The Park Entrance fee is $8.00.
Benbow KOA is located in picturesque Benbow Valley. Garberville, 3 miles north of Benbow KOA, has unique shops, restaurants, banks, art galleries, a hospital, the Garberville Theater, library, Ray's Market, gas stations, churches and the Farmer's Market in the summer. Redway is 2 miles west of Garberville on the road to the Lost Coast, Shelter Cove and the King Range. Redway has a few stores, gas stations, restaurants and is home to the Mateel Community Center, a multi-use venue featuring numerous live music performances and theatre productions throughout the year.
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.
Exit Hwy. 101 at Patrick's Point Drive, about 5 miles north of Trinidad, and you'll find a perfect day-use park (fee). Highlights include scenic walks on Rim Trail, Wedding Rock, Ceremonial Rock, a visitor center, picnic areas and Sumeg Village. This recreation of a traditional Yurok village includes houses, sweat lodge and a dance pit, as well as a redwood canoe and native plants.
Not many cities the size of Eureka have there own zoos! Sequoia Park and Zoo is a delightful attraction and is making regular upgrades and acquiring new animals. See the Children's Barnyard and petting zoo., the walk-in aviary, and the popular primates, not to mention over 70 acres of old-growth redwood forest to explore.
Just 20 miles north of Eureka, the tiny, picture-perfect town of Trinidad perches on the coast. An official gateway to the California Coastal National Monument, Trinidad offers tidepooling at Trinidad State Beach, hiking on Trinidad Head and dining on the Trinidad Pier! You can shop for gifts and picnic supplies too. Check out the Memorial Lighthouse and the Humboldt State Marine Lab also.
Scotia is an authentic company town where everything from schools to shops was built by the Pacific Lumber Company for its workers. The Scotia Museum gives a glimpse of timber heritage, including logging locomotives and steam donkeys. The Scotia Aquarium displays wild salmon and steelhead and educates about habitat restoration.