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Located 5 miles north of Arcata lays McKinleyville. Home of the California Redwood Coast — Humboldt County Airport this small town is actually the 3rd largest in Humboldt County. McKinleyville sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With its close proximity to beaches, rivers, and trails as well as shops and restaurants, McKinleyville offers many opportunities for fun and interesting things to do.

The most popular feature of McKinleyville is the Hammond Trail. This 5-mile trail winds along the coastline from the Mad River at the south of town up to Clam Beach in the north. The trail offers amazing vistas and great opportunities for bird watching. Harbor seals and whales can be spotted from the trail at certain times of the year also. This is a great trail to bike, walk, or ride horses. 

McKinleyville has several parks. The Hammond Trail passes by Hiller Park, which offers a playground, restrooms, a picnic area, and a dog park, as well as a separate set of hiking trails. Hiller Park backs directly up to Mad River Bluffs, a 74-acre property containing yet more beautiful coastal trails. Azalea State Natural Reserve is another great park for trails and picnicking. During spring the pink and white blossoms of the western azalea fill this 30-acre reserve. Clam Beach County Park just north is an expansive beach great for clamming, fishing, horseback riding, or simply beachcombing. Additionally, McKinleyville’s Beau Pre Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course with beautiful fairways and views of the Pacific.

The town itself has great restaurants, shops, and cafes. Six Rivers Brewery is a popular destination that sits on a hill overlooking the Mad River Estuary and the Pacific Ocean. This place boasts’ not only great views, but great food and beer, and a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Other dining options include excellent sushi and Mexican cuisine, among more. McKinleyville hosts monthly Art Nights during which local artist display their work in shops throughout town. Held every January is the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run, an exciting nationally known run that draws many visitors. Pony Express Days is another great town event held every June and features a parade, music, and family friendly activities.

Oh, we cannot forget! McKinleyville is also home of the world’s tallest totem pole located in the Mckinleyville Shopping Center. This totem measures 174 feet tall and is definitely an interesting and notable attraction.

McKinleyville is an excellent location to call home while on your Redwood Forest Vacation trip and offers many premier coastal vacation rentals and redwood cabins just minutes to Redwood National Park.

Check Out Our Featured Vacation Rentals in McKinleyville: 


Rancho Del Sol - EcoCool - Just built!  3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Hot Tub, Master Suite, Dog okay, fenced yard 

Use one of the bicycles we provide to run along the amazing Hammond Trail of the coast - just a 5 minute bike ride from the house!  Gorgeous and on a quiet cul-de-sac next to fields and you can even walk to the beach!



Coastal Calm - Stylish, 2 Bdrm Home for Family Vacation or Extended Stay

Located at the North end of McKinelyville, close to the beach and trails & only 10 minutes to either  Trinidad or Arcata. Great house, large, private yard with pasture views. This home is brand new!






New & Spacious 6 Bdrm Bella Vista on the Hill awaits you! Spacious 6 Bdrm Bella Vista on the Hill awaits you!

Perfect for a big family, or two to three families to share. Great for a family reunion!







Mermaid Cove Beach Home

Mermaid Cove Beach Home is perched aside the Mad River and features amazing, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeously and appropriately decorated as a modern beach home, this accommodation is truly a getaway home. The tone is fresh, crisp, inviting, modern and very comfortable. 

More MckInleyville Homes

Silverado 3 bedroom Duplex - New & in great neighborhood

Silverado 1 bedroom Duplex - Perfect for 1 or 2

Vista Point Flat - Your 1 Bedroom Home Away From Home

Fieldbrook Family Farmhouse - A Beautiful Country Retreat

Spacious 4 Bedroom Estate with your Private Tennis Court

Strawberry Creek Retreat at Tavern w/ Bedroom & Full Kitchen

Strawberry Creek Suite w/ Full Kitchen

Azalea Haven - Brand New 1 Bedroom Retreat

Azalea Glen - Nicely Renovated 2 bdrm Home with nice yard

Mermaid Cove Beach House - On the River, Across from the Beach and Ocean

Sagewood Studio - Perfect for 1 or 2- 1 Dok Ok - Clean & New

Beach Barn - Hot Tub, EcoCool, Pet Friendly & Just Built

Strawberry Creek Cabin - 5 Minute Walk to Amazing Beach & Dunes

NorCal Garden Casita - Inviting Inside & Out, Close to Beaches

Strawberry Creek Coastal Bungalow - Ping Pong, 1 Dog Ok, Fun!

Crystal's Cottage - Perfect for up to 6 & great rates with nice yard, dog considered & shared hot tub

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