Separated from Downtown Eureka by Humboldt Bay, the sunny town of Fairhaven, CA is peaceful as it is scenic. In times past, Fairhaven made waves as the home of a historic shipyard. From the late 1800s, Danish expat Hans Bendixsen built over 115 schooners and tall ships in a yard outside of town. One of these, the C.A. Thayer, is preserved by the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
Though the shipyard is long gone, Fairhaven remains a pretty sea-ductive spot -- close to some bucolic beaches, bordered by Samoa to the north, and surrounded by water on all other sides. It’s easy to see why the town’s 200 or so residents are happy to drop anchor here! There’s no vet in Fairhaven, but you’ll find a choice of clinics to take care of your buddy across the water in Eureka.
There’s no designated dog park in Fairhaven, but don’t let that take the wind out of your sails! Wagging tails are welcome on many of the beaches in the area, and Humboldt County’s famous Redwood Coast boasts some fantastically fur-friendly hiking trails. And if your four-legged friend needs a fenced area to run free in, you’ll find plenty of pawesome parks just across the pond!
If your pooch loves swimming as part of their off-leash adventures, the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is a real mutts-visit! This gorgeous 300-acre beach park allows furry friends to roam off-leash, as long as they’re under voice control. Your pup is sure to have a whale of a time splashing about in the shallow water, or just chasing a ball on the sand, and owners will certainly appreciate the spectacular views of the Pacific. Bring your own bags and water, and be careful -- you’ll see signs everywhere warning of ticks, so insect repellent is a must!
If you and your pooch like your trails to be a little more challenging, check out the Arcata Community Forest! Located just at the back of Humboldt State University, path number three in this pawesome redwood preserve features some serious elevation gains, so fitter furry friends and owners are sure to get a thorough workout! Your pooch will need to be leashed, of course, and be sure to bring your own bags and water. Come in the morning, and you two can stop in for breakfast at Big Blue. This Arcata gem serves up the best biscuits and gravy in Humboldt County, and caters to canine customers outside.