King Range National Conservation Area is 60,000 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The area was established in 1970. It's a vast, unspoiled area rich in wildlife and birds, with hiking trails, primitive campsites and developed campgrounds. A rare black sand beach stretching north 25 miles begins in Shelter Cove
, passing by jagged mountains that rise sharply from sea level to the 4,087-foot high King's Peak. The Lost Coast Trail, a National Recreation Trail, starts at the Mattole River
mouth in Petrolia
, heads south into Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
and ends 52 miles later at Usal Beach.
From Weott, the road to Honeydew and Petrolia leads you through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, into beautiful countryside lush with madrone and tanoak by the waters of the Mattole River, eventually taking you by cattle rangeland and beaches along the Pacific Ocean and into Ferndale.