This unincorporated community is also famous for the World´s Tallest Totem Pole, located right in the center of town. The totem pole weighs 57,000 lbs and is 160 feet high. It was carved from one redwood tree.
What to do:
McKinleyville has the Azalea Reserve with beautiful native azaleas in bloom in the spring. For the golfer. Beau Pre Golf Course is conveniently located, and stretch your legs on a hike along the Hammond Trail(once the railroad line for the Hammond Lumber Company). Hike the newly opened Mad River Trail. Clam Beach and Little River State Beach provide clamming, driftwood, and an opportunity to relax with the surf. Explore Mill Creek Falls. This 15-20 foot waterfall flows year round. Shop and pick up supplies at the Mckinleyville Shopping Center on Central Avenue.
Don't miss Pony Express Days in McKinleyville, held the first weekend in June, complete with Fireman's Muster, Parade, and Barbeques. Every 3rd Friday is Arts Night, centered around Central Ave.
Just north is the famous fishing resort town of Trinidad. In addition to deep water angling for salmon, lingcod, and bottom fish, the outdoors person can also try their hand at surf fishing and crabbing.
Directions: Take Central Ave. exit off Hwy 101