Ferndale is the keystone of the Redwood Coast. Most of the world's tallest trees are within an hour's drive. This prime site on Humboldt Bay, sheltered along a large natural harbor only two miles from the ocean, caused Ferndale to develop as a seaport shortly before the Civil War. Lumbering, farming, fishing and shipbuilding soon followed. It was a rough and tumble boom town from the 1890s through the Great Depression. Ferndale's proud heritage is being revitalized, and the town is embracing its ultimate destiny as a major recreation and leisure destination catering to travelers.
Hundreds of ornate Victorian buildings have been skillfully restored in a historic district with the look and feel of a larger city. Galleries, shops, and restaurants are close to the revitalized waterfront as are charming bed-and-breakfasts and a landmark hotel. One of America's great town parks complete with giant sequoias is nearby. Just beyond, ocean beaches, clear rivers, rugged mountains, and majestic redwood forests beckon.