Hayfork Community Wetlands
Just a couple of minutes from downtown Hayfork, this local gem is a great place for a short walk amidst wildflower and wildlife. Follow the interpretive trail signs, or just take a wander, and you’re likely to see beavers, birds, frogs, fish, deer, and more.
The Wetlands are truly a labor of love from the community. This area along Hayfork Creek has been an ongoing restoration project for nearly a decade of The Watershed Research and Training Center, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and resilience of our environment. Once a popular place to mine during the California gold rush, it’s been brought back to life through the removal of old mine tailings and the revegetation of the riparian and wetland areas. In a short walk through these trails, one can see the remnants of the old mine tailings, a previously restored area by the Watershed Center that now features tall trees and healthy wetland area including a beaver dam and a number of trees recently planted by Hayfork volunteers.