Located in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest, Willow Creek is a rugged mountain community along the Trinity River in Humboldt County, about 40 minutes east of the coast, at the intersection of Hwy 299 and Hwy 96, which is the Bigfoot Scenic Byway.

Outdoor recreational enthusiasts love Willow Creek, where the most popular activities are camping, fishing and rafting. The salmon and steelhead fishing is also spectacular, and Willow Creek has been a favorite fishing spot among anglers for centuries. The Willow Creek area also has several world-class rivers for rafting, all within a 45-minute drive.

The Klamath River is legendary and is considered California’s “premier multi-day river trip.” The upper Trinity River offers a classic Class III run with moderate rapids, followed by the Burnt Ranch Gorge, which is one of the toughest runs in the entire state. The lower Trinity is also a scenic ride, popular among canoeists, tubers and summer fun seekers.

Other activities near Willow Creek include swimming, hiking, snow skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, off road racing, golf, birding and wildlife viewing and camping.

It’s also an incredible area for scenic drives, where from selected vista points in the Trinity Alps along U.S. Forest Route 1, you can view Mount Shasta and the Pacific Ocean simultaneously. In town, a visit to the Hoopa Tribal Museum or Willow Creek Museum worthwhile.

It is the self-proclaimed Bigfoot Capital of the World, and holds an annual festival in its honor. The area is rife with sightings of the legendary beast, and the most famous purported video footage of one of them was shot nearby. The Willow Creek/China Flat museum has an extensive Bigfoot collection.

Willow Creek is also the place of many summer events and parties as nearly half the population consists of summers recreation homes and ranches. The region is the location of the Willow Creek American Viticulture Area. Organic gardens and wineries abound and welcome travelers to try their wares. Two great annual events to check out are the Wine Barrel Tasting in May and a Taste of Willow Creek in September.