Thirty miles north of Eureka, Patrick’s Point State Park sits on a lushly forested promontory beside the Pacific Ocean.
The one-square-mile park is densely packed with potential adventures. On a short walk around the perimeter of the park you can hunt for agates, explore tidepools, walk through a jungle of shrubs and trees as you peer out at seals, sea lions, and migrating whales. In the park’s interior, you’ll find a visitor center, a native plant garden, a re-constructed Yurok plank-house village. You can picnic, or wake up to birdsong at one of three campgrounds. In summer you can witness a traditional ceremony at Sumêg Village or take a hike led by a docent or professional naturalist.
The Rim Trail is a two-mile walk that offers excellent views of the ocean and offshore rocks. Between Agate Beach and Palmer’s Point, four rather steep quarter-mile trails connect the Rim Trail to the shoreline.
A couple of short, steep trails make it possible to reach the tops of Ceremonial Rock (rising 107 feet above the meadow) and Lookout Rock. These old sea stacks are evidence of ever-changing sea levels and geological uplifting.
Camping / Picnicking
There are about 120 family campsites spread among the Penn Creek, Abalone, and Agate Beach campgrounds. Each campsite has a table and a fire pit. Water faucets, restrooms, and coin-operated showers are located nearby.
The Beach Creek and Red Alder Group Camps can each accommodate up to 100 people. A covered cook shelter, picnic tables, and fire pits are provided in group camps, with spigots, restrooms, and coinoperated showers nearby. Two group day-use picnic areas may be reserved. Sumêg holds up to 100 people and Bishop Pine up to 50. Picnickers at Sumêg will find a covered cook shelter, and Bishop Pine has fire pits.
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR