Welcome to Willow Creek, CA

Willow Creek is a small, idyllic mountain community nestled in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest alongside the beautiful Trinity River

River Fun in the Mountain Sun

Willow Creek offers some of the best recreation in Humboldt County! You can take an adventurous white water rafting trip, kayak, tube, or swim in the rivers.

Enjoy hiking our picturesque wilderness trails, camping and fishing alongside the Trinity River, our bountiful local farmers market, touring craft cannabis farms, or searching for Bigfoot!

Inset pic: Rafters on the Trinity River (photo courtesy WCCC member Six Rivers Rafting)

What to Do in Willow Creek

Our town is bustling with local businesses and new adventures that truly make us a hidden gem in the mountains. Explore some of our local hotspots below, or browse the business directory.

Places to Stay

Lodging in and around Willow Creek, including campgrounds.

Where to Eat

Restaurants and grocery stores to fuel your visit.

Things to Do

Explore all the fun activities of Willow Creek.

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Some Cool Facts about Willow Creek

Willow Creek is over one hundred years old! No telling how old Bigfoot is.

  • Average Summer Temperature: 90°
  • Bigfoot Museum: 1
  • Year Established: 1915
  • Rivers: 6
Willlow Creek Downtown 1960

Explore Willow Creek

Surrounded by magnificent natural landscape, this little community offers many popular pursuits from river rafting and kayaking to hiking and bird watching.

Thanks to Confluence Outfitters for sharing this video

Thanks to Pacific NorthWEIRD for sharing this video

Where is Willow Creek?

The town of Willow Creek, at the junction of 299 (Trinity River National Scenic Highway) and 96 (Bigfoot Scenic Highway), is located inside the Six Rivers National Forest. Just 12 miles from Willow Creek on Highway 96 is the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, the largest Indian reservation in California.

Take a scenic drive

Approximately 1 hour’s drive from the Pacific coast and 2 hours from Redding, Willow Creek enjoys sunny weather all summer long. A popular tourist destination because of beaches and parks, as well as extensive roads for scenic driving or biking, and trails for hiking in the Six Rivers National Forest. The dense forests provide exceptional wildlife viewing of elk, deer, river otters, black bears, mink, bald eagles and peregrine falcons.

Get ready for adventure

Home to farms, artists and a vibrant retirement community, this town has plenty of retail options and stores for grocery and camping supplies. Get coffee or dine at the town’s many local eateries. Pick up fresh produce or fruit at a local farm stand.

Get to Willow Creek

Willow Creek is located in Humboldt County in Northern California, about an hour west of Redding and an hour east of Arcata.

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