Tolowa Dunes State Park encompasses 4,000 acres of dune, forest and a freshwater pond complex, and has some of the finest wetlands habitat on California's northern coast.
A diverse assortment of birds, animals and plant life thrive here and the area serves as an important stopover on the Pacific flyway for tens of thousands of migratory and resident populations of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and songbirds.
Recreational opportunities abound with over 27 miles of hiking, biking, equestrian trails, 11 miles of open beach and undeveloped shoreline, overnight walk-in and equestrian camping, The basic amenities are provided for campers at two primitive campgrounds, including a ride-in horse camp and six walk-in sites.
Audubon bird watching programs, native plant and mushroom identification field seminars, and kayaking and canoeing on Lake Earl Coastal Lagoon and Dead Lake are available.
The Lake Earl area offers an array of opportunities for the nature enthusiast. Hundreds of species of birds, including the rare Canada Aleutian goose and the Peregrine falcon can be seen in the forests and wetlands. Deer, coyote and raccoons may be spotted along the many trails that traverse the park.
Great displays of wildflowers can be seen in the spring and early summer. Marine mammals such as sea lions and harbor seals can be spotted along the coast, as well as gray whales migrating from Alaska to Baja, California.
The Tolowa people were the most recent Native Americans to occupy this area. The natural resources were a very important aspect of the Tolowa's economic and political way of life.
The following is a nice little video of Tolowa Dunes: