Headwaters Forest Reserve
The mill town, called Falk for its developer, Noah Falk, slowly died out after the mill closed in 1937, and by 1979 most of the buildings had been razed. Except for some sparsely scattered ornamental plants, such as rose, quince, and lilac, that once adorned the houses, there's virtually nothing visible to remind you that the employees of the Elk River Lumber Company and their families once lived here, although a brochure describing a self-guided "quest" brings this history to life.
The reserve has two trails, Elk River and Salmon Pass, but the latter is open for guided hikes only (May 15-Nov. 15, reservations required) and has no wheelchair access.
Elk River Trail
Trailhead: Parking lot at the foot of Elk River Rd.
Length: 1-2 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveThe self-guided Quest Trail is less than three feet wide.
Typical Grade: Gentle
Terrain: HardDriveway to the education center is large-sized gravel and the spur trail is firmly packed dirt and gravel
Obstacles: Approach to the Quest Trail has steep cross-slope but was not a problem in my motorized wheelchair
DescriptionThe trail follows the South Elk River on an old logging road. Only the first mile is paved; after that the surface is packed gravel, and on my visit a washout a short distance beyond the paved section prevented further wheelchair access. It's evident from the trees' size that the forest has been logged, and while several large...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|Managing Agency:||Bureau of Land Management|
|Address:||Elk River Rd., Eureka|
|Hours:||Daily, sunrise to sunset|
|Dogs:|| In restricted areas|
Only allowed on the Elk River Corridor and must be under voice control of the owner at all times, or on leash
Did You Know?
In response to damage, a redwood tree can sprout exact genetic copies of itself.
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 17, 2012
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