A lively coastal city located on Humboldt Bay, Eureka has so much personality and charm, as well as access to an array of outdoor activities. With everything from city parks and walking trails to dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and five veterinary clinics, Eureka is the pawfect city to enjoy with your four-legged best friend by your side.
Every dog loves a good walk, and Eureka caters to this well with its numerous walking trails. For a short but scenic walk, the Humboldt Harbor Waterfront Trail is a one and a half mile loop trail that will show you and your pooch the sights of Humboldt Harbor. For something longer, the Eureka Waterfront Trail is six and a half miles long, and is a picturesque way to travel from one end of the city to the other.
Urban walking trails are always exciting, but a lush, green city park gives dogs the chance to relax and really make the most of their surroundings. The 67 acre Sequoia Park is ideal for this, with a redwood forest, large duck pond, and walking trails. Carson Park is another popular one, with 3.2 acres surrounded by rhododendrons, while Cooper Gulch Park is a 33 acre park with walking paths that follow along a wooded creek.
With some of the best dog walks in the area to choose from, Eureka is a city that your dog will no doubt truly love.
For dogs who love the water, the Broadway St/ W 14th St neighborhood is the place to go. This is where Humboldt Kayak Adventures is based, where you and Fido can paddle your way around the bay, with an experienced guide, to experience the city from a unique perspective. After all of that exercise, make your way to one of the dog-friendly restaurants in the area, such as the Black Lightning Motorcycle Café for a tasty breakfast, or Café Nooner for a light but filling lunch. If the two of you would prefer a meatier meal, the Humboldt Smokehouse is nearby, with their speciality being handcrafted, slow-cooked meat dishes.
The Bayview neighborhood boasts spectacular views over Humboldt Bay, making every dog walk here a scenic one. For one of the best walks in the area, give the 15 mile Hikshari Trail a try, which runs all along the bay. There is so much to see on this trail, and interpretive signage to explain your surroundings to you, from native bird species to the geology of Humboldt Bay. If you are looking for somewhere to spend the night, the Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn allows two pets per room for a small fee, although you will need to call ahead to ensure there is availability in a dog-friendly room.
So many of Eureka's attractions are located by the coast, but the Humboldt Hill/ Fields Landing neighborhood showcases the city's green side. This is where you will find the Headwater Forest Reserve, a 7472 acre piece of land that is home to a number of ancient trees, many of them more than 2000 years old. There is one hiking trail within the reserve, known as the Elk River Trail, and dogs are permitted to walk along the first three miles of this. If your dog listens to voice commands, he will be allowed to run off the lead here too. Don't forget to bring water and doggie bags!
North Myrtle and West is quite a spacious neighborhood, with its wide sidewalks being pawfect for an urban stroll. If your pup would like to let loose and run off the lead for a while, head on over to the Eureka Dog Park, a small city park just for dogs. The entire park is fenced in, with the fences being high enough to prevent even the largest breeds from jumping over. There are also plenty of doggie bags available, as well as a doggie water fountain for when Fido gets thirsty. Keep in mind that this park can get quite muddy, especially if it has recently rained, so you may want to bring a towel for your dog for afterwards.
Eureka's City Center is home to Ross Park, one of the finest parks in the city. Home to a playground, as well as spacious tree-shaded grassy areas for Fido to sniff around in, this park will no doubt get that tail wagging. For those needing a place in the city to stay with their pooch, the City Center boasts a high concentration of dog-friendly hotels. The Red Lion Hotel Eureka allows two dogs of any size per room, while the Town House Motel Eureka also allows two dogs, so long as they are under 50 lbs. The dog-friendly Quality Inn Eureka is also in this neighborhood, although guests with dogs are restricted to their standard rooms, and will need to pay an additional fee.