Eureka Waterfront Trail

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City of Eureka Reminds Residents of Park and Trail Rules During COVID-19

 The City of Eureka has seen an increase in public gatherings at City parks and trails and would like to clarify permitted uses of public spaces at this time.  Public gatherings of individuals outside of the household remain prohibited in public spaces by both State and Local Health Officer Orders in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services.


The City of Eureka recognizes the benefits of the outdoors during this challenging time and would like to assure the community that City parks remain open for exercise and other socially distant activities such as disc golf, singles tennis, trail walking, biking, etc.



 City playgrounds are now open for use.  Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our community, please follow these simple steps to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and fun.

  • Wear a mask (everyone 2 years & older)
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different households and prevent crowding of children;
  • No food or drink in playground area to ensure face masks are worn at all times;
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you visit;
  • Plan ahead and try to visit the park at different times or days to avoid crowds or waits;
  • Know when to stay home. Elderly individuals and people with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
  • Share the space to allow everyone to use the playground by limiting visits to 30 minutes when others are waiting.

To learn more about the California Department of Public Health playgrounds guidance, please visit



Public gatherings of individuals outside of the household in parks and public spaces are not permitted per State and Local Health Officer Orders. Do not hold picnics, barbeques, parties and any other celebration or gathering of people in public spaces. If you see a significant violation of this health order, particularly large social gatherings in public spaces, please call 707-441-4203 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and 707-441-4060 on evenings and weekends.  


Please remember that whenever you are outside of your household and outdoors, you must wear a mask when you cannot keep 6 feet from others. Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms. Single-use restrooms are open along the waterfront, though multi-stall park restrooms continue to be closed. Residents are urged to bring their own water due to water fountains being closed. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails. For more information on health guidance, please visit:

Map of Artistic Benches

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Making Artistic Benches for the Waterfront Trail




Eureka Trailblazers: The True Story of the Eureka Waterfront Trail

Travel the Eureka Waterfront Trail from the air!  This amazing drone footage covers the entire 6.3 miles of the trail.  Special thank you to Chad Johnson for the video!


The Eureka Waterfront Trail is complete!  Join us as we celebrate at the ribbon cutting and celebration!

Ribbon Cutting on 2/6/2018  Event flyer | Facebook Event

Trail Celebration on 2/10/2018  Event flyer | Facebook Event

The Eureka Waterfront Trail - Phase by Phase

History is being made, as the City of Eureka proudly announces that plans have been solidified and funding has been secured to begin construction of the Eureka Waterfront Trail. With a tentative completion date of 2018, this trail will offer members of the community the opportunity to walk, bike or run from one end of the city to the other. With endless wildlife, recreational, interpretive and transportation opportunities, this community milestone is sure to change the face of our community. The Eureka Waterfront Trail will be divided up into the following phases, which when connected, will make up the 6.3 mile contiguous trail. 

The Hikshari' Trail  Open to the public in 2012, this 1.5 mile stretch of bay front trail begins at Elk River Parkway and runs all along the bay to the foot of Truesdale. Drawing people from all over Humboldt County to hike, bike, run, paddle and picnic, the Hikshari’ Trail is an ideal location for bird watching and is the home to several Explore Eureka Outdoor Recreation Programs. The trail also features interpretive signage covering marsh reconstruction, migrant and vagrant bird species in the willow patches, Humboldt Bay geology, railroad history, Wiyot village life, Elk River sand spit formation and marine life, dune plant ecology and plant and animal identification.  

Phase A  Picking up where the Hikshari’ ends at Truesdale St., this next phase will run behind the Bayshore Mall and along Humboldt Bay to the foot of Del Norte St., landing right at the Del Norte St. Fishing Pier. This phase of the trail will also feature a variety of wildlife viewing, interpretative and recreational opportunities; including outdoor fitness equipment periodically placed throughout the trail.

Phase B  Running directly adjacent to Railroad Ave. and Waterfront Dr., this portion of the Waterfront Trail begins at Del Norte St. and ends at the foot of C St., providing visitors with the unique experience of running, jogging or walking along the Eureka marina and beautiful downtown Eureka Boardwalk. 

Phase C  The final phase of the Eureka Waterfront Trail is located along the south shore of North Humboldt Bay, north of Highway 255 and then follows the south side of the Eureka Slough, passing underneath the bridge decks of Highway 101, providing the only alternative route in the City for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles to cross US 101 without having to physically attempt to cross through traffic, eventually ending at Tydd St. This phase will also feature a variety of wildlife, interpretation and recreational opportunities!