Beach Front Park
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
- Wildlife viewing
- Particularly good for families
Toward the middle of the park is the North Coast Marine Mammal Center, which rescues and rehabilitates injured, orphaned, and sick marine mammals. When volunteers are present, visitors may view harbor seals or sea lions up close. The center also has a small gift shop and educational materials. At the park's main entrance, at the corner of Front and H streets, are remnants of the S.S. Emidio, an oil tanker that was attacked by a Japanese submarine west of Cape Mendocino on December 20, 1941. Five of the crew were killed and the remaining survivors abandoned the ship before it drifted some 85 miles north and ran aground off Crescent City.
As you head out to the pier along B Street, you will see a level area that can provide wheelchair access to the beach with a beach wheelchair but you have to bring your own. Shorebirds, gulls, and terns feed in the flats near the beach.
Trails and Pathways
- Crescent City Coastal Trail
- Trailhead Location:
- Battery Point Vista parking lot at the foot of A Street
- Trail Length:
- 1-2 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
Back on the trail, you cross B Street, then travel behind a large building before entering the main section of Beach Front Park. At the entrance is a new path that leads to picnic tables with views across the harbor; I lingered here to watch a competitive game of disc golf and some shorebirds feeding at low tide. An accessible fire pit would be great for gathering around with friends on a chilly evening. A few hundred feet farther is a path to the Marine Mammal Center. The trail parallels Howe Drive along the shoreline for about a quarter-mile, passing expansive grassy sports fields, to the back of the cultural center and briefly through its parking lot. Next you cross an accessible bridge over Elk Creek, an important watershed for Coho salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout, and lamprey eel. Except for the traffic noise, this would be an ideal spot to watch for ospreys, pelicans, sanderlings, and great blue herons. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at the mouth of the creek. The trail ends a few feet beyond, in a parking lot just before the entrance to Shoreline Campground.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Battery Point Vista lot at the foot of A Street, along Howe Drive, and west of Sunset Circle off Hwy. 101
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – At Battery Point Vista at the foot of A Street, by the Marine Mammal Center
- Beach Wheelchair:
- @@@The Redwood National and State Parks information center, located at the Crescent City Information Center (1111 2nd St., Crescent City) has a beach wheelchair available for use in the area. You must pick it up and have a way to transport it. 707-465-7335.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; At Battery Point Vista parking lot; new tables near the beach, just east of the pier, have raised grills