The world-famous Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary serves as one of the region’s most popular recreation areas and important resources. In addition to the birds and people it collects, it is also Arcata’s wastewater treatment facility! Converted from an industrial site in the 1980s, this facility pioneered the integration of natural processes into wastewater treatment. Every day of the year, it is used by hundreds of people including walkers, joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists, and birders. This hike-one of the shortest in the book and arguably the best for wildlife-takes in virtually every trail in the marsh, with relatively little backtracking. None of the trails are named, but all skirt well-known landmarks.
Arcata Environmental Services Department : 707-822-8184