Local Area Attractions
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.
Benbow KOA - Gateway to Avenue of the Giants
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 Victorian Village of Ferndale
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.
The Quaint Towns of Garberville and Redway
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, Rays 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.
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.
Patrick's Point State Park
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.
Sequoia Park and Zoo
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.
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Once you see the lakes, ponds and lovely trails at the Arcata Marsh, you'll never believe it's also an innovative, low-tech wastewater treatment facility for the progressive City of Arcata. Outstanding birdwatching is to be had (guided walks on weekends). Start at the Interpretive Center (Samoa Blvd. to South G St.) or at Klopp Lake (Samoa Blvd. to I St.)
Old Town Eureka
Nowhere is Eureka's Victorian heritage more evident than in Old Town, a meticulously preserved and restored district of unique shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. Many special events including the Arts Alive! art walk the first Saturday of each month, take place in Old Town. The Old Town/Downtown district includes theaters, pubs, antique shops, local coffee houses and the new Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. The Eureka Boardwalk is open for strolling and baywatching. Don't miss the iconic Carson Mansion.