Top Points of Interest in Crescent City & Del Norte County, California
Experience California’s raw, unsung spirit as you and loved ones cruise scenic, dusty roads. Find legacy and inspiration within the walls of a lighthouse. Explore the docks, roads and shores that have shaped Crescent City’s, Klamath’s and all of Del Norte County’s rich history.
Battery Point Lighthouse
Wait for low tide to explore Battery Point Lighthouse on foot. Constructed in 1856, she is an unwavering beacon for offshore ships. Her red roof and white facade welcome you in for an inspiring journey through time with exhibits and maritime artifacts. The longest stint for a keeper to reside in the Battery Point Lighthouse was 39 years, maintained by John H. Jeffrey from 1875 to 1914.
St. George Reef Lighthouse
Spy a 134-foot iron maiden of sorts from Pelican Bay in Brookings. St. George Reef Lighthouse was considered one of the most dangerous lighthouses to keep due to its inaccessibility. Built for function more than fashion, her service will inspire you. The construction of St. George Reef Lighthouse was in response to the sinking of the Brother Jonathan and took 11 years to finish. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1975, fending for herself against crashing waves for almost three decades. You’ll see her lighting the night sky now, having been restored in 2002. Select dates are available for a St. George Reef Lighthouse Helicopter Tours. These tours fill fast!
Crescent City Marina & Harbor
Follow the bark of the seals and sea lions to Crescent City Marina and Harbour. Soak up the sun with them and wander the docks. With over 200 commercial fishing boats, it’s a bustling seafood paradise. Stroll through the marina and admire the persistence of the community. This area — along with dozens of city blocks — were all or partially destroyed by a devastating tsunami in March of 1964. With damages estimated around $16 million, the harbor now triumphantly produces the highest value of commercial seafood north of Monterey.
Where the Klamath River Meets the Sea
Make some wild friends along the Mouth of Klamath Overlook. Bald eagles and osprey soar above you and hummingbirds and warblers flit through the hillside below you. Wind down a short, steep trail to a platform to spot seals, sea lions, and whales.
Gasquet Toll Road
Get lost on a scenic drive. Be swept away with mountain vistas and canyon overlooks along the Gasquet Toll Road. Motor through an enchanted redwood forest on the Smith River Scenic Byway. Your spirit will recharge as the road hugs the river’s aquamarine rapids amongst rhododendrons, ferns and ancestral redwoods.
Wander With Us
Wander through the California redwoods, surf rugged coastline, hike the California Coastal Trail, or savor a craft brew next to a cozy campfire along the Pacific Ocean. Follow our Big Adventures journal (and tag your photos #VisitDelNorte so we can follow along!) for things to do and ideas for exploring all parts of Del Norte County — from the Oregon border to Crescent City to Klamath, California.