PATRICKS POINT STATE PARK
Located 25 miles north of Eureka California, Patrick's Point is a 640 acre park in the heart of California's coast redwood country.
The park's dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows.
A dramatic shoreline ranging from broad sandy beaches to sheer cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean offers great opportunities to explore tide pools, search for agates and driftwood, watch whales, sea lions and brilliant sunsets.
The park offers several miles of hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, 2 group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, and 3 group picnic areas.
Located in Humboldt County, California, this park was established in 1929. It spans over 640 acres along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
The area is named after Patrick Beegan, an Irish immigrant who settled there during the Gold Rush era of mid-1800s.
In its early years as a state park it served primarily for camping and picnicking purposes with minimal infrastructure development.
It's home to Sumeg Village - a recreated Yurok village showcasing traditional Native American structures which were built by local tribespeople from late 1990s onwards.
Over time various improvements have been made including trail enhancements and visitor center upgrades enhancing educational opportunities about natural history and cultural heritage.
Today it offers diverse recreational activities such as hiking trails through dense forests leading to dramatic ocean vistas or exploring tide pools teeming with marine life.
- Agate Campground: Offers 28 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and easy access to the beach.
- Penn Creek Campground: Provides a quiet setting for campers with 24 sites near creek.
- Abalone Point Trailhead Camping Area: Ideal spot for hikers looking to set up tents or hammocks along the trail.
- Rim Trail Group Site: Perfect camping option for large groups of people; reservation required in advance.
- Patricks' Point Drive-In Sites: Suitable choice if you prefer drive-in convenience over seclusion.
Patricks Point State Park is located near Mckinleyville
From Palmer?s Point to Agate Beach Campground is 4 miles round tripThough Patrick?s Point State Park is positioned in the heart of the redwoods, other trees?Sitka Spruce, Douglas fir, and red alder?predominate on the park?s rocky promontories. The state park takes its name from Patrick Beegan, who homesteaded this dramatic, densely forested headland in 1851.
For hundreds of years the Yurok spent their summers in the Abalone Point area of the headlands. The Yurok gathered shellfish and hunted sea lions. A variety of game and a multitude of berries that were plentiful in the surrounding forest.
The area now called Patrick?s Point also had some spiritual significance to the native people. According to the Yurok belief, Sumig, the spirit of the porpoises, retired to Patrick?s Point when humans began populating the world.
Rim Trail follows an old Indian pathway over the park?s bluffs. Spur trails lead to rocky points that jut into the Pacific and offer commanding views of Trinidad Head to the south and Big Lagoon to the north.
Directions to trailhead: Patrick?s Point State Park is located thirty miles north of Eureka and five miles north of Trinidad. Exit Highway 101 on Patrick?s Point Drive and follow this road to the park. Once past the park entrance station, follow the signs to Palmer Point.
Visit the recreated Yurok village - "Sumeg" - consisting of traditional style family houses, a sweat house, changing houses, a redwood canoe, and a dance house. The village is used by the local Yuroks for education of their youth and to share their culture with the public. Adjacent to Sumeg Village is a native plant garden where you will find native plants that were used for baskets, food and medicine.
Native American Plant Garden
In 1997, this garden was established as a Native American plant garden which has plants that were used by the local Yuroks. The plantings in the garden are representative of the plants used for medicinal, basketry, substance, and ceremonial purposes. The Native American Plant Garden is located just east of and adjacent to the Yurok Indian Village.
Trails (no dogs on trails or beach)
Six miles of trail lace throughout this diverse park, many with spectacular vistas. Hiking the Rim Trail you may see a harbor seal, sea lion and if you are lucky a gray whale. Octopus Tree Trail loops through a grove of old-growth Sitka spruce. Two all-access trails to coast overlooks are also available.
A couple of short, steep trails make it possible to reach the tops of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock, old sea stacks that were left high and dry when the ocean receded. In some parts of the park, plant life is so luxuriant that hikers moving along the trail are sheltered and isolated by walls of vegetation.
The park is 25 miles north of Eureka and 56 miles south of Crescent City.