West County Trail - Forestville Trailhead and Connection
This project includes completing the existing 13-mile West County Trail into downtown Forestville by constructing a 0.2-mile multi-use trail from Highway 116 to the current trail terminus near Pajaro Lane.
The project will improve public access to the trail and provide more recreation and non-motorized transportation opportunities. The trail can serve as an access route to local businesses, parks, and schools.
The Regional Parks Department is partnering with the following organizations to complete the project: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (“District”), Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department, Forestville Planning Association, and Farmhouse Inn.
An 8-foot-wide paved trail will be constructed from the current trail terminus near Pajaro Lane to the intersection of Highway 116 and Mirabel Road. A small trailhead parking lot also will be constructed. The trail and trailhead will be located on a public easement still to be acquired from private landowners.
Cost & Funding
The estimated construction cost is $300,000. Public grant funds will be sought for design, engineering and construction.
The West County Trail is identified as a project in the adopted 2010 County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This is a 13-mile regional trail that links the following communities: Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Graton and Forestville. Most of the trail was constructed along the former Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad right of way.
On Oct. 22, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Open Space District approved a $400,500 grant to the Forestville Planning Association for the acquisition of approximately 8 acres in downtown Forestville under the District’s Matching Grant Program. In return, the Forestville Planning Association offered an irrevocable trail easement and recorded 4.2 acres conservation easement on the property to the County and District, respectively.
Regional Parks staff will apply for grant funds to complete the environmental work, design, engineering, and construction. Parks staff will continue to work with the Forestville Planning Association and Farmhouse Inn to locate the trail and trailhead locations before accepting the trail easements.
A public meeting will be scheduled to gather input on the trail and trailhead. Please sign up to be notified of project updates by clicking on the “planning updates” button in the upper right of this webpage.