Camp and wade beside giants
HIGHLIGHTS: This small Mendocino County Park in Anderson Valley is a quiet place to get away in a grove of large second-growth redwoods near the junction of Indian Creek and the Navarro River.
ACTIVITIES: At just 15 acres, Indian Creek County Park doesn’t provide much scope for ambitious outdoor recreation plans. However, it’s a lovely place to camp, picnic and stroll on two short trails. Swimming in Indian Creek is good from late spring through early fall.
VISITOR CENTER: None.
CAMPING: This is the only park in the Mendocino County Parks system that allows camping. There are 10 sites, many among the redwoods, and all notable for their roominess and comfort. Barbecue grills are available, and a caretaker is on site. Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis. One campsite can accommodate a small trailer.
TRAILS: The park has a short nature trail and an unofficial trail that leads to the creek.
MUST-SEE UNIQUE FEATURE OR SEASONAL HIGHLIGHT: The opportunity to camp directly in the redwoods is the primary attraction for this property.
HIDDEN GEM: Indian Creek provides pleasant wading and swimming during the hot days of summer.
FEATURES ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: The parking area, restrooms, picnic area and some campsites are accessible.
DOGS: Not allowed on trails; on leash elsewhere.
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per vehicle.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit the park’s website or call 707-463-4441.
PLACES TO EAT AND STAY: The nearby town of Boonville has restaurants, a hotel and some bed and breakfast inns.
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