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Farm Bigfoot 50 Album Spend your day: Start your day shopping for delectable fruits and vegetables at Trinity River Farm, a '70s commune now being managed as a traditional farm by Molly O'Gorman, the founder's daughter. Then head over to the Bigfoot Museum, also known as the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum. The Bigfoot wing is in the back, and there you'll find lots of plaster footprints, a few strands of alleged Bigfoot hair, a tiny chunk of Bigfoot's alleged Achilles tendon, lots of newspaper clippings and a couple of films. Shop Bigfoot 50 Album On the way out, stop at the front desk to buy Bigfoot cookies, "Bigfoot crossing" signs, Bigfoot shot glasses, Bigfoot coffee mugs, Bigfoot jelly, Bigfoot T-shirts and ... well, you get the idea. In the afternoon, go for a whitewater rafting trip on the Trinity River, keeping an eye out, of course, for Bigfoot lounging on the riverbank.

Dining: There aren't a lot of choices in Willow Creek. Those staying at the Coho Cottages might want to barbecue. In town, the best place for lunch and dinner is Cinnabar Sam's, a convivial burger-and-steak joint with lots of whimsical bric-a-brac on the walls and ceiling.

Don't miss: The chance to buy a genuine replica Bigfoot plaster footprint at the Bigfoot Museum.

Don't bother: Looking for a country-style breakfast in downtown Willow Creek on weekdays. Curiously, none of the restaurants serves it. You can find breakfast, we're told, at the Bigfoot Golf & Country Club every day, and at Cinnabar Sam's on weekends.

Word to the wise: Many of those who've encountered Bigfoot say the creature stinks like rotting garbage. So don't just look with your eyes; use your nose, too.

If you go

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GETTING THERE

From Arcata, north of Eureka, head east on Highway 299 for about 40 minutes.

WHERE TO STAY

Coho Cottages, (800) 722-2223, www.cohocottages.com. Spacious, modern, well-appointed cottages with screened porches run from $135 to $190 a night. One cabin is ADA-compliant.

WHERE TO EAT

Cinnabar Sam's, on Highway 299 at the east end of town. Burgers for two with beers, $35. (530) 629-3437.

WHAT TO DO

Bigfoot Days run from Saturday to Sept. 1 in downtown Willow Creek, with a parade, live music, a disc golf tournament and appearances by various Bigfoot experts. Saturday is the big day.

Trinity River Farm, 2443 Highway 96, about 2 1/2 miles from downtown Willow Creek. (530) 629-3200, www.trinityriverfarm.com.

The Willow Creek-China Flat Bigfoot Museum (38949 Highway 299, 530-629-2653, www.bigfootcountry.net) is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through October, and by appointment at other times. Admission is free.

Rafting Bigfoot 50 Album Bigfoot Rafting Co., (800) 722-2223, www.bigfootrafting.com. Full-day whitewater trips on the Trinity River, $85; half-day trips, $59.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 346-3482, www.redwoods.info.

Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce, (800) 628-5156, www.willowcreekchamber.com.

John Flinn is executive editor of Travel. To comment, visit sfgate.com/travel and follow the links.

This article appeared on page E - 7 of the San Francisco Chronicle



Mission Statement

The mission of the Willow Creek - China Flat Museum is the acquisition, display and custodial care of objects representing the history and legacy of the Klamath-Trinity area of Northwestern California.

Its purpose is to publicly inform, educate and celebrate the area's rich cultural diversity and to also maintain, preserve and publicly display the Bigfoot and Sasquatch collection.