Russian River Trail, from Odd Fellows Park Road to Duncans Mills, is part of a
larger trail project. The 2010 County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan identifies a
23-mile Russian River Trail starting in Healdsburg and ending in Duncans Mills.
The Project will offer visitors and residents using this trail to experience
the scenic views of oak woodland, redwood forest, riparian habitat, river, and
provide beach access for recreation.
recreation, the trail will also serve as a non-motorized transportation route
linking river communities including: Healdsburg, Forestville, Rio Nido,
Guerneville, Monte Rio, and Duncans Mills and providing connection routes to
retail shops, restaurants, schools, parks, and other destinations in the
Russian River area.
In 2009, Community Based
Transportation Plans were prepared for Healdsburg and the Lower Russian River
area. Both Plans identified issues and recommendations for improving
transportation, including trails, for locals including low income residents.
Copies of the plans can be downloaded from the Sonoma County Transportation
Authority’s web link at http://scta.ca.gov/library-archive/
Project Description & Goals
The first phase of this
project is to study the feasibility of developing an approximately 9-mile paved
trail along the lower Russian River corridor, between Odd Fellows Park Road and
Duncans Mills. The Lower Russian River Trail starts at the intersection of River
Road and Odd Fellows Park Road and continues southwest meandering along the
Russian River corridor and State Highway 116 to the end at Moscow Road in
Duncans Mills. This trail project is identified as a high priority in the 2010
Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
For the first step, a feasibility study needs to be completed for
the trail, which is identified as a top priority in the 2009 Lower Russian
River Community-Based Transportation Plan. The scope of the feasibility study
will include but not limited to soliciting public input from the community and
stakeholders, evaluating existing site conditions and roads, mapping,
identifying opportunities and constraints, and recommending a preferred trail
Feasibility Study Area Map (2.17 MB)
- Develop a fun,
safe, and scenic route for bicyclists and pedestrians recreating and travelling
along the Russian River corridor between Odd Fellows Park Road (near Rio Nido
& Korbel) and Moscow Road in Duncans Mills.
- Provide bicyclists
and pedestrians an alternate route to Highway 116 and River Road.
- Construct 9
miles of Class 1 bikeway (trail) paralleling the Russian River
- Connect the
trail to communities, existing and future river parks, recreational facilities,
and local businesses located between Rio Nido and Duncans Mills.
- Attract additional
tourism for local businesses in the Russian River area
high priority project as identified in the Sonoma County Transportation
Authority approved 2009 Lower Russian River Community-Based Transportation Plan
and the Sonoma County adopted 2010 County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which
also designates Regional Parks as responsible for establishing and maintaining
Class I bikeways.