Tolowa Dunes State Park

Tolowa Dunes State Park

This is part of the ancestral territory of the Tolowa Indians. Recently designated as a state park, Tolowa Dunes State Park is rich in cultural history and is one of California’s newest and least known parks. It encompasses over 4,500 acres of diverse and secluded coastal lands, open sand dunes, pine and sitka forests, hidden freshwater ponds, year-round creeks, wetlands, grassy meadows, and 11 miles of undeveloped beach and shoreline.

It is home to an abundant and diverse array of species including 500 plants and wildflowers; 400 varieties of mushrooms, fungi, and lichen; 51 mammal species; as well as numerous reptiles, amphibians, and dune insects. Forty-three of the species here are listed as endangered, threatened, or state sensitive.

Recreational Opportunities

On account of it’s remoteness, the more-than 30 miles of trails and 11 miles of open beach here are never crowded.
-The beach is great for surfing, fishing, beach combing, and bird watching.
-Park tails are open for hiking, bicycling, and horse back riding.

Seasons Accessible


ADA Accessibility Notes
There is an accessible bathroom and a pier for fishing at Dead Lake.

Pet Friendly Notes
Some trails allow dogs on a six-foot leash [under the control of owner at all times.]

For More Information, Contact:

California State Parks – North Coast Redwoods District
P.O. Box 2006, Eureka, CA 95502
(707)445-6547 · fax (707) 461-5737


Tolowa Dunes State Park