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Six Rivers National Forest Willow Creek

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Six Rivers National Forest
Highway 96
Willow Creek
Tel: 707-442-1721


The Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters is two blocks off of US 101, on Bayshore Way, in Eureka California, approximately two miles south of Old Town Eureka. The forest itself is northeast of Eureka, on US 96.

Where are we going today?

There are some really magical places in California, and places which are really great to take the family for a fun and nature filled day out. Six Rivers National Forest is one of those magical places!

Located in northwest California, the Six Rivers National Forest covers over 1 million acres of beautiful forest - just over 900,000 of those are protected National Forest acres. 

The great thing about a forest, is that your family can make the experience as adventurous or as relaxing as you like! 

Feeling a little adventurous? Then the Salmon River might just be for you. Since the 1980's it has been a premier destination for whitewater rafting, with 14 whole miles of Class IV and V rapids. If you are more of a "land" family, the national forest have hundreds of miles of trails which can be accessed by Mountain Bike. Fun trails which are rocky and hilly, which wind through the open grass ands and pine forests. Sounds like quite an adventure!

For a bit more of a relaxing adventure, fishing is a hugely popular sport in the Six Rivers National Forest. It's regulated to fish on all of the lakes, streams and rivers within the forest. For those horse lovers, there is horseback riding in the park, and even horse camping. An amazing experience! 

There are amazing picnic spots to enjoy some family time, and viewing areas to really just enjoy the view. It's also a great opportunity for kids to really learn about the environment, and all the flora and fauna. 

A fantastic, relaxing, adventurous, fun and family friendly experience in a beautiful part of Californian nature!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree entry
  • ChildrenFree entry

When can we go?

All year round. Some activities are seasonal, like camping and fishing.

Teachers corner

There is a Conservation Education program which is designed for all ages to understand the country's natural resources. There are structured educational experiences and activities, which teach people to appreciate our resources for future generations. .

I'm Hungry!

Grab some food and take a picnic, as there are plenty of areas to enjoy your lunch. You will also need your energy for all the activities! .

Healthy Eating!

It's always best to pack lots of water, as well as fruit and healthy foods which will provide more energy for longer. .

Any Top Tips?

Whilst the entrance to the park is free, they do sometimes charge fees in some areas to help maintain the forest. .

Doing our bit

The National Forest department takes preservation of this amazing forest seriously, and they do all they can to ensure everyone can enjoy this magical piece of nature, but still look after it for future generations. .

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