Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area

Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, California

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Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area


  • Several picnic tables and fire pits sit on the beach.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • A family enjoys a break from traveling and a stroll on Wilson Creek Beach.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • The highway runs adjacent to this beach.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • Remainders of old rocks sit just offshore.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • Crab carcass lying on the sand.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • A massiive rock split in half and falling in the ocean.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • A small wave gently washes onto Willson Creek Beach.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
  • A stone wall borders the parking lot.- Wilson Creek Beach + Picnic Area
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Fire pits. Picnic tables along the beach.
Adjacent to the highway.
Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Wilson Creek Beach is a small beach right off of Highway 101. The location makes this beach great for a quick stop as a break from traveling. Picnic tables offer a place to enjoy a meal while overlooking the Pacific Ocean and listening to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. There are also pits where you can make a fire to warm your cold feet after a barefoot walk through the wet sand.

False Klamath Cove opens up in front of Wilson Creek Beach. Native American legend has it that the Klamath River once flowed out into the ocean here rather than its present location a few miles south. For many years this location between Wilson Creek and Lagoon Creek marked the border between the Yurok and Tolowa tribal lands. The name for the cove likely comes from sailors being commonly fooled into believing it is the real Klamath Cove and thus sailing into it, only to find they are in the wrong location. 

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