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The Wiyot and Yurok people lived in this area prior to European settlement, and both native groups still have a role locally. Present day McKinleyville is a community made up of a combination of former tiny settlements. Pioneer, Joe Dow, settled in the area in the 1860s and that area was known as Dow's Prairie. Slightly south was a small community called Minor (also known as Minorville), settled in the late-1800s. Just south of Minor was Calville, which was settled by the employees of the California Barrel Company. After President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901 the community of Minor changed its name in his honor. All three areas are collectively considered to be what is now known as McKinleyville - now a bedroom community with mainly retail and professional businesses to serve its residents.
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a backdrop of tree covered mountains, this city of 15,000 is surrounded by beauty and has a relaxed atmosphere. McKinleyville is definitely a unique spot. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, looking for a quiet getaway, taking the family on a tour of Northern California or looking to for a new home, there is something here (or nearby) for everyone.
Walk, run or ride your bike on the scenic and beautiful Hammond Trail, which runs parallel to the coast from one end of McKinleyville to the other. Play on the sandy beaches and spend the day kayaking, surfing, fishing or looking for treasures. In the area many birds spend their day hoping to get noticed from avid bird watchers. Hiking and Camping in the surrounding State Parks and forests bring outdoor enthusiasts year around. Horseback riding, and white water rafting trip also available to take in all the sites.
Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in the 70's and is always held the first weekend in June. It is a 4 day community event where you can enjoy a Clam Chowder Cook-off, Fireman's Muster (Fireman Games), Car Show, Pony Express Dance, Saturday Parade down Central which rolls right into our big Pony Express Family Fun Festival in Pierson Park. There is something for all ages!
There are several nice restaurants, cafes, and bistros, and many (just as varied) choices of places to stay in McKinleyville. Take a look at our recommendations.
3107 Concorde Drive
Mckinleyville, CA 95519
A hotel with modern conveniences, just minutes from the misty ancient redwood groves and the rugged Pacific coastline. A midsize, 100% non-smoking facility featuring mission-style architecture and a country setting reflecting the natural beauty of the Northern California Coast. Hotel guests enjoy numerous free amenities, like a hot breakfast each morning, 2 floors, 84 rooms, elevator, heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, free Internet access, free parking. NOTE: Not pet-friendly - no pets allowed.