Humboldt County, California. Many have heard of it, yet relatively few of those who have heard the name it has have ventured here. Located some 200 miles north of San Francisco, access to the county and most of its population centers is via U.S. Highway 101, the main artery running through it from north to south. According to 2010 Census Data, the county’s population was 134,623.
The primary population centers are Eureka, the county seat and site of College of the Redwoods main campus, and the smaller college town of Arcata, site of Humboldt State University, are located adjacent to Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest natural bay. Area cities and towns are known for hundreds of ornate examples of Victorian architecture.
Most of Humboldt County is a densely forested, mountainous, and rural place, situated along the Pacific coast in Northern California’s rugged Coast Mountain Ranges. With nearly 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) of combined public and private forest in production, Humboldt County accounts for twenty percent of the total forest production for all of California. The county contains over forty percent of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests, the vast majority of which is protected or strictly conserved within dozens of national, state, and local forests and parks, totaling approximately 680,000 acres (over 1,000 square miles).
In Southern Humboldt, the home of the Reggae on the River® festival, the towns of Garberville and Redway anchor the social, cultural, and economic hub of the southern portion of the county. Popularly known as “SoHum” by its residents, Southern Humboldt enjoys a relative isolation from the county’s population hubs near Eureka, 63 miles to its north, and the nearest town of any great significance to its south, Willits, in Mendocino County, some 67 miles away. This relative isolation, and the stunning environmental surroundings, combined with the unique and independent spirit of SoHum’s residents, offers an unusually vibrant backdrop for the relaxed atmosphere of the Annual Reggae on the River® festival and gathering.
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This is the official Garberville / Redway Area Chamber of Commerce web site and it offers a well organized and easily navigated interface that provides a plethora of information about the area including where to stay, where to eat, various local attractions and events, and much more. Direct links to a wide variety of local businesses and visitor resources may be found here. Make this your starting place for more information about the area!