Easily accessible ancient forest in Mendocino County
HIGHLIGHTS: In the heart of the Anderson Valley winemaking region, this park shelters spectacular ancient redwoods along the Navarro River. The wheelchair-accessible All-Access Trail is an easy route to the amazing trees. Other popular activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking in the new wheelchair-accessible day-use area. Drive-in campsites and four small cabins can immerse you in the forest.
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, picnicking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, bicycling on paved roads. Made possible in part by our members’ gifts, the day-use area, opened in 2015, features these amenities accessible to people with disabilities: two ramadas with barbecues; bathroom building; drinking fountain and faucet; interpretive signs explaining natural, cultural and recreational points of interest; concrete paths that connect visitor facilities; a repaved and striped 16-stall parking lot, including one disabled space; regraded All-Access Trail that provides easier access to the beautiful redwood groves; a new bike rack; and a more prominent and accessible trash collection area.
Twenty-five picnic sites are along the Navarro River in sight of Big Hendy grove. Fishing is not allowed in the park, but is permitted downriver from the bridge at the park entrance. The park also features Junior Ranger nature walks and campfire programs, as well as interpretive exhibits.
VISITOR CENTER: The visitor center is next to the campgrounds, just at the north side of the Wildcat Campground.
CAMPGROUNDS: The campgrounds are between Big Hendy and Little Hendy groves. Azalea Campground has 43 sites and Wildcat Campground has 49 sites, each with a table, barbecue and food locker. Restrooms are nearby, and they even have hot showers. There are also four small cabins and a hike-and-bike camp. The campgrounds are open year-round. RVs up to 35 feet are accommodated; a dump station is provided. Make a reservation by calling (800) 444-7275 or visit the California State Parks reservations and fees page (external link).
TRAILS: 5 miles of trails. Hiking trails provide easy access to the more than 100 acres of old-growth redwoods. The All Access Trail is wheelchair accessible.
MUST-SEE UNIQUE FEATURE OR SEASONAL HIGHLIGHT: The park is warmer and less foggy than redwood parks along the coast. High and low temperatures between November and March can range from the high 50s to the low 30s at night. From April through October, daytime temperatures range from the low 60s to low 100s, and from the low 40s to the low 50s at night.
HIDDEN GEMS: The Hermit Hut Trail takes you where the “Hendy Hermit,” a Russian immigrant, once lived alone among the trees.
FEATURES ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Four campsites, one cabin, some restrooms and showers, part of the All Access Trail. The day-use area, opened in 2015, and its two ramadas with barbecues; bathroom building; drinking fountain and faucet; interpretive signs explaining natural, cultural and recreational points of interest; concrete paths that connect visitor facilities; one parking space.
DOGS: Not allowed on trails. On leash elsewhere. In tent or vehicle at night.
ENTRANCE FEE: $8 for day-use vehicle entry; no charge to walk or bike into the park.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit the website (external link) or call (707) 895-3141 for more information.
EAT: Sharon Rabichow, League Director of Gift Planning, likes Lauren’s (external link) in Boonville, which features a local and seasonal menu. Jessica Neff, Stewardship Manager, and Christine Aralia, Land Project Manager, recommend Libby’s (external link) in Philo for Mexican food.
WHERE TO STAY: Christine recommends the Boonville Hotel (external link). The Other Place (external link) has dog-friendly individual cabins with special canine fencing; The Madrones (external link) offers Estate Guest Quarters, shopping and dining.
FAVORITE HIKE: Christine recommends the Discovery Trail (see the brochure), or the 1.6-mile Upper Loop (through the center of Big Hendy grove) for more of a challenge.
DON’T MISS: Sharon suggests the Anderson Valley Brewing Company (external link) in Boonville, open daily from 11 a.m.; the Brewery also has a good restaurant. Christine says not to miss all the great wineries on Highway 128 in Anderson Valley; Scharffenberger Cellars (external link), Husch Vineyards (external link), and Goldeneye Wines (external link) are favorites.
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