The valley of Orick and surrounding areas offers a generous array of fascinating activities and awesome experiences with varied wildlife and wilderness access. In addition, local offerings can delight the most discriminating traveler.
For the exhilarating experience of horseback riding in the world-reknown redwood trees in and around Redwood National Park, Redwood Outfitters Guided Horseback Rides offers an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the area. Reservations can be obtained at www.redwoodoutfitters.com or by calling 707.954.8702.
Redwood Trails offers expertly guided horseback rides as a unique way to experience the redwood forest and the vistas of Redwood Creek and the surrounding valley. Horseback tours are available. For reservations and information call Redwood Trails at 707.498.4837 or visit at www.redwoodhorserides.com .
Hawg Wild is our local watering hole, with a fun atmosphere, augmented by fine dining, cooked to order by Chef, Host and Owner Mark Rochester. Mark offers a Bottle Shop, a fresh high-grade meat and fish market and other treats from time to time.
Tours offer the only guided transportation in the National and State Redwood Parks. The onboard, on-the-way photo presentation highlights nature, history, geology, Native American tribes, legends and local activities. For information, rates and schedules, contact us at www.FunBusTours.com - 707.482.1030 or 888.FunBus2 - Email FunBusTours@msn.com.
Kayak Zak's sole purpose is to provide fun, eco-friendly, and safe, on-water instruction, interpretive tours, outdoor education, and environmental awareness in kayaks to persons of all abilities along the beautiful redwood coast of Northern California. Email: email@example.com Phone: (707) 498-1130 Snail mail: PO Box 68 - Orick, CA 95555-0068
Lady Bird Johnson Grove, on Bald Hills Road, invites the visitor to take a leisurely stroll on a self-guided interpretive trail through a grove of old growth redwood, hemlock, spruce and fir trees, coexisting with myriad other plants. In Springtime, wild iris, red, lavender and white trillium, wild lilies, azaleas and rhododendrons bloom unexpectedly and bring vivid color to the dark carpet beneath and within the trees. The informative markers on the trail will leave the visitor much more knowledgeable about identifying these great giants and their neighbors.
The National and State Parks maintain hiking trails of varying degree of difficulty, ranging from short and flat to long, with winding hills or sharp climbs and descents, to accommodate the preferences of visitors.
Camping facilities abound, from primitive to well-appointed, for the RV'ers or tent campers. Day use sites are perfect for picnics, with campfire rings at most.
Sport fishing is seasonal, and includes the legendary salmon and steelhead, as they heroically returns to their birthplace to spawn. Freshwater Lagoon is stocked with fish from time to time, and keeps the fisherfolk happy with its generous catches. The Pacific Ocean yields surf fish to those who learn the ways of the tides. Be sure to check for licensing regulations, and observe catch and release laws where applicable.
Complex cultural diversity is inherent to Orick and its surroundings from the Tolowa, Yurok and Chilula Indians who were living on this part of the north coast when it was explored in the 18th century. The abundant and diverse resources enabled them to flourish and successfully populate the area. The Yurok and Tolowa still exist and are valued members of the community, though the Chilula were assimilated into the inland Hupa culture. Exploring this vital history is an opportunity for those who are drawn to understanding the paths of those who have gone before.
A hike through the prehistoric atmosphere of Fern Canyon is breathtaking. Elk can sometimes be seen ambling along the Fern Canyon creek bed, sometimes sunning themselves on a sandbar. The occasional owl can be observed silently floating through the twilight, searching for a meal.