Welcome to Samoa Peninsula

At the peninsula’s south end, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is good for picnicking and fishing. For wildlife, head to Mad River Slough & Dunes; from Arcata, take Samoa Blvd west for 3 miles, then turn right at Young St, the Manila turn-off. Park at the community center lot, from where a trail passes mudflats, salt marsh and tidal channels. There are over 200 species of birds: migrating waterfowl in spring and fall, songbirds in spring and summer, shorebirds in fall and winter, and waders year-round.

These undisturbed dunes reach heights of over 80ft. Because of the environment’s fragility, access is by guided tour only. Friends of the Dunes (www.friendsofthedunes.org) leads free guided walks.

Top experiences in Samoa Peninsula

Samoa Peninsula in detail