Cloverdale River Park

31820 McCray Road, Cloverdale

  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Picnic Facilities

Caution: There are currently no restrictions for swimming or paddling on the Russian River, but please be advised that potentially harmful blue-green algae may be present. Care should be taken to keep children and pets away from algae and from drinking river water. Read more

Hours: The park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use. $1 per person (vehicles with 10 or more people)

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.

Accessibility: Paved, wheelchair accessible trails and accessible group picnic areas.

Restrictions: No fires or barbecues allowed on beach.

Ranger Phone: (707) 433-1625

This park in east Cloverdale offers a paved, fully accessible trail along the Russian River, a boat launch for kayaks, canoes and drift boats, seasonal fishing, and picnic areas. Cloverdale River Park a great spot for wildlife viewing, and information about the park's riparian habitat is located along the trail. There are group picnic areas with barbecues and a large parking lot. Both include several wheelchair-accessible spaces. No lifeguard service is available.

Improvements were made possible with a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, and Sonoma County Parks Mitigation Funds.

Phase 3 improvements were funded by Park Mitigation Fees, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Emergency Management Agency (formerly Office of Emergency Services), and a River Parkways grant from the California Natural Resources Agency through Proposition 50.

Cloverdale River Park Trails

A paved trail follows the Russian River and winds through riparian forest. The trail starts at the McCray Road parking area and runs for about 1 mile to a connection with a city of Cloverdale trail. The city trail runs 0.3 miles to the downtown area. The Cloverdale River Park trail is open to pedestrians, bikers, and equestrians and is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

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31820 McCray Road, Cloverdale

This park is featured in the Sonoma County Trails Challenge, which invites you to get out and get active by hiking five of 15 routes highlighted in the updated Trails Challenge guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!

Suggested trail: Cloverdale River Park Trail
Loop length: 2.25 miles (round trip)
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain: 35 feet

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Park Notes

  • Cloverdale River Park runs along the west bank of the Russian River in northern Sonoma County. The 72-acre park features a paved, 1-mile trail through river habitat, a launch for kayaks and canoes, fishing access, and picnic sites.
  • This park is a beautiful spot for birding and wildlife viewing. Informational signs about riparian plants and animals are posted along the trail.
  • Benches and picnic tables are located along the trail. There is a restroom but no drinking fountain or lifeguard. The park is the only public, developed river access between Mendocino County and Healdsburg.

Trail Notes:

  • The paved, multi-use trail follows the river between McCray Road to First Street neardowntown. There are a few spur trails that provide access to the river’s edge.
  • The most prominent plant community here is the cottonwood tree, though you’ll alsonotice California walnut, maple, buckeye, and willow. Large coast and valley oaks arelocated in the main day-use area.
  • Great care has been taken to restore plant, animal and fish habitat by removing invasivespecies and planting native species.

Trail Directions

  • Begin your walk at the trailhead near the end of McCray Road and head south.
  • You’ll reach the junction with the Oakwood Trail at .44-mile. Follow Oakwood Trail to the left through dense oaks, paralleling a canyon.
  • You will pass through a scenic meadow with a series of well-placed benches and eventually a picnic area, all of which provide pleasant places to pause along your excursion. You’ll also find a few short spur trails down to the river.
  • Your next landmark will be the city of Cloverdale facilities buildings on your right. After passing these, you will find a wide gravel bank by the river just before the Crocker Road bridge. Explore this area down to the river’s edge. There is no lifeguard on duty, so enter the river at your own risk.
  • When ready, return the way you came.

Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, drive north on Highway 101 for about 33 miles.
  • Take Exit 522 for CA-128 W toward Fort Bragg/Mendocino and turn right at the end of the exit onto North Redwood Highway.
  • North Redwood Highway soon becomes McCray Road. Follow it for about .5 miles, where you’ll find the park entrance on the left.

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