Bear Harbor Beach is a small south-facing beach in Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the Needle Rock Visitor Center and 30 miles (48 km) by road from Garberville, California. Sinkyone is a wilderness area that borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and the King Range National Conservation Area to the north. The lack of major road and highway access has led to the Sinkyone Wilderness area being referred to as the Lost Coast.
The area takes its name from the native Sinkyone tribe of Northern California. It was a fertile hunting ground for these people, providing nearly constant access to fish and game even during the winter months. Development through the years following the California Gold Rush of 1849 saw trails and roads cut through the area for access to timber and the native tanbark for the San Francisco tanneries. Logging operations continued well into the 20th century.
In 1884, a small wharf was built at Bear Harbor for the loading of forest products from the Lost Coast. In 1893, construction began on the Bear Harbor and Eel River Railroad over the coastal ridge to connect Bear Harbor to Indian Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Eel River. The inland railway terminus was called Moody after Lew Moody who constructed a hotel and saloon nearby. Southern Humboldt Lumber Company built a sawmill in 1903 on the South Fork Eel River, and the camp that grew around it was named Andersonia for company president Henry Neff Anderson. A log pond dam was constructed on Indian Creek where twenty million board feet (47,000 cu m) of timber was stored in preparation for milling. In 1905, Anderson was killed in a construction accident as a 17-mile (27 km) railway extension from Moody to Andersonia was being completed. In 1921, the railroad and sawmill were dismantled. Read more here and here. Explore more of Bear Harbor here: