Giant metal-cast golden bears stand sentry at the bridge across the Klamath River, announcing Klamath, one of the tiny settlements that break up Redwood National & State Parks between Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. With a gas station/market, diner and a casino, Klamath is basically a wide spot in the road with some seriously great roadside kitsch at its edges. The Yurok Tribal Headquarters is in the town center and the entire settlement and much of the surrounding area is the tribe’s ancestral land. The Yuroks are the largest group of Native Americans in the state of California.
Klamath is roughly an hour north of Eureka and is popular with hikers, campers and anglers; the river is famed for its wild freshwater salmon and is one of California's last free-flowing rivers after a proposal to build a dam here was thwarted in 1994.