Willow Creek is a rugged mountain community nestled in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest.
Just a 45-minute drive inland is an escape from the fog and cool temperatures on the coast. But make sure you look out for Bigfoot.
Located on the border of Humboldt and Trinity Counties. State Highways 299 and 96 are our access to the outside world.
Willow Creek is a small community of 2,000 residents that was settled in the 1850s by pioneers in search of gold. At that time, the town was known as China Flat and served as a gold mining supply point.
More than 1 million acres of Six Rivers National Forest surround the town, and combined with the bright blue waters of the Trinity River, the area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Willow Creek is a favored destination for rafters, hikers, birders and fishermen and draws visitors from far and wide every summer. The town is also a favorite summer-home destination for many coastal Humboldt County residents.
The town’s China Flat Museum is a fun spot to visit and get a feel for the area’s American Indian history and art, and offers an opportunity to step back in time with the pioneers and gold miners. Special events include an annual celebration of Bigfoot Days. Over Labor Day weekend, Bigfoot fans turn out hoping to catch a glimpse of their elusive furry friend.
The Willow Creek Golf and Country Club, a library, a bank, a park and campgrounds are just some of the services available in and around the town. Creekside Park is a shady toddlers playground and includes a playhouse, picnic area and disc golf course called “The Steelhead Course”.
Wineries and farming are an up-and-coming industry for Willow Creek.
Recreationists are discovering that Willow Creek is centrally located for many outdoor sport activities. With four distinct seasons and temperate climates, they are surprised to find that this area receives very little snow. The rain, however, averages 50-70 inches per year.