Headwaters Forest Reserve, Eureka

4.7
#5 of 10 in Parks in Eureka
Forest · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Headwaters Forest Reserve is a group of old growth coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) groves, comprising about 7472acre, managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. Located in the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion near Humboldt Bay of the U.S. state of California, most of it was owned by the now defunct Pacific Lumber Company, which was owned by Charles Hurwitz and Maxxam Inc, as the result of a hostile takeover in 1985. Since that time the Headwaters Forest has been the site of many tree sits and anti-logging demonstrations, which ensued after Maxxam changed generations-old policies of sustained-yield logging at Pacific Lumber Company with clearcutting.The climate is characterized by maritime conditions of cool, wet and foggy winters and cool to warm cloudy summers. Elevations range from 100ft to over 2000ft.OverviewThe reserve was established in 1999 The reserve was created after a 15-year effort to save the ancient ecosystem, from being clearcut. Almost 60 per cent of what is now the reserve was harvested by mostly clearcutting with over 35mi of road construction and over a hundred stream crossings which greatly degraded watershed ability to store and filter water runoff. The untouched portion, however, is dense, old-growth forest with pristine watershed conditions.
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  • There‚Äôs a two mile round trip paved trail. There are other trails through the woods too. There was an old logging camp there around 1900 that left and over time the forest took over and there are...  more »
  • My wife and I love to go to the Headwaters for a nice walk. You get to see the trees and ferns as well as learning about the old logging town of Falk. The paved trail is a little over a mile, so it.....  more »
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  • Beautiful walking tour. Lots of history. We were on an Ed-Venture, with a 5- year- old. The only down side was that it was not as well marked as the other Ed- Ventures were. Still, a well- maintained walk with mostly paved and some dirt out gravel paths.
  • Great hike. Bring the whole family including the 4 legged kids. Nicely maintained. Asphalt most the way with plenty of room for people walking both ways.

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