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Exit the north side of the cul-de-sac, head south from
Length: 4.40 mi
Terrain: It's a rail-trail running
along the west side of McKinleyville. At least 2.2 miles
of this old railroad line have been paved. It's a dedicated
eight-foot-wide asphalt path. The path is exposed, and
the southernmost portion includes some short but steep
Description: Unfortunately you never
really get a view of the Pacific, but you do pass by
sandy banks lined with tall trees, dense ferns, and
wild berry vines. Half a mile from Knox Cove, you'll
cross a very nice little concrete bridge over Widow
White Creek. Continuing south, the trail passes next
to Hiller Park. Another half mile of trees and vines
brings you to the end of the dedicated path. There are
public rest rooms at Hiller Park.
Directions: From U.S. 101 five miles
north of Arcata in McKinleyville, take the Murray Road
exit heading west. Murray comes to a dead end at a Coastal
Access point, but here the Hammond Trail is still gravel.
Turn left (south) on Kelly Avenue and follow it one
block to where Knox Cove Court turns right. Knox Cove
ends in a cul-de-sac surrounded by four large stone
homes that look like modern-day castles. Park in the
cul-de-sac. The trail crosses Knox Cove.
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