Mendocino County

Noyo River Redwoods, by Julie Martin

Noyo River Redwoods

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Ancient redwood forest preserve, not open to public because of remote, rugged location. Can be viewed from historic Skunk Train.

Russian Gulch State Park, by Steven Bratman Flickr CC

Russian Gulch State Park

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Along the Mendocino Coast, a collapsed sea cave called Devil’s Punch Bowl. Includes a 36-foot waterfall, fern canyon trail and a beach with abalone diving and rock fishing.

Shady Dell, Save the Redwoods League

Shady Dell (Lost Coast Trail)

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Remote forest at southern border of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Ancient candelabra-shaped redwoods. Access limited to trail.

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve

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Beautiful grove along South Fork of the Eel River. Classic “cathedral” experience associated with stands of old-growth redwoods. Picnic area, 60-foot-waterfall, swimming and fishing opportunities in the Eel are complementary attractions.

Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Photo by David Baselt, RedwoodHikes.com

Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve

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Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve protects a small but beautiful stretch of redwood forest in Mendocino County.

Skunk Train Stories

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There is only one place you can enjoy the last remaining “motorcar” train choo-chooing through a forest of giant, ancient redwoods: the Skunk Train in Mendocino County! Built as a logging railroad in 1885 for moving giant, felled redwoods to …

Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Hendy Woods State Park

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Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of these easily accessible ancient redwood groves along the Navarro River in the heart of Anderson Valley wine region.

Photo by Tom Hilton, Flickr Creative Commons

Mendocino Headlands State Park

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Surrounding Big River-Mendocino Old-Growth Redwoods is Mendocino Headlands State Park, home of dramatic coastal and redwood forest scenery.

Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

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Jug Handle State Natural Reserve on the Mendocino coast is home to a rare natural wonder known as The Ecological Staircase: natural terraces formed by glacier, sea and tectonic activity.

Photo by mlhradio, Flickr Creative Commons

Van Damme State Park

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Van Damme State Park is 3 miles south of the town of Mendocino, where the Little River crosses Highway 1. Some visitors come here for the river and the redwoods, some for the coast and the abalone, and some for the history.

The park is named after a Flemish-American, Charles Van Damme. After operating the Richmond-to-San Rafael ferry line in the Bay Area for a few years, he invested in property in the redwood groves where his father had been a logger. After Charles died, the parks system acquired the land in 1934.

Photo by renedrivers, Flickr Creative Commons

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

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7,500-acre Sinkyone Wilderness State Park features twisted and windswept redwoods ranging from 1 to 10 feet in diameter.

Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Navarro River Redwoods State Park

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Navarro River Redwoods State Park is as long and skinny as the river corridor it protects.

Photo by Peter Buranzon

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

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Montgomery Woods is one of the more remote redwood parks in California. Once you’ve navigated the 13 miles of twisty road west of Ukiah, you’ll be rewarded by some of the tallest trees in the world.

Photo by Paolo Vescia

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

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Some head to Standish Hickey to hike in its towering redwood forest; others come to leap into a sun-drenched swimming hole in the Wild and Scenic Eel River; still others arrive to relax and recharge in the historic Redwood Campground.

Admiral William H. Standley State Recreation Area

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Vista of ancient redwoods along the Eel River PARK INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS: Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area is off the beaten path and does not offer any facilities, but if you happen to be cutting through the woods here from …