Joe Rodota Trail

Along Hwy 12 from Santa Rosa to Sebastopol

  • Accessible areas
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking/Walking Trails

Hours: The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.

Parking in Santa Rosa: No day use parking fee. Street parking at Olive Park on Hazel Street or Orange Street; trailhead parking lot at the west end of Sebastopol Road (disabled parking available); limited parking on the east and west side of Merced Avenue where trail intersects road.

Parking in Sebastopol: No day use parking fee. Parking lot off Burnett Street between Gravenstein Highway South (South Main Street) and Petaluma Avenue.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length. License required.

Accessibility: Paved, wheelchair accessible trails. Disabled parking available at trailhead parking lot at the west end of Sebastopol Road.

Restrictions: No restrooms or drinking water are available.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

The Joe Rodota Trail runs between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The trail starts at the pedestrian/bicycle bridge intersection with the Prince Memorial Greenway (between West 3rd Street and Railroad Street), southwest of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. The trail ends near the intersection of Mill Station Road and Highway 116 in Sebastopol. Access to the trail is located off the following public streets: Roberts Avenue, Dutton Avenue, Stony Point Road, Wright Road, Sebastopol Road, Merced Avenue, Llano Road, Petaluma Avenue, High School Road, Cleveland Avenue, Ellis Court, DuFranc Avenue, Hurlbut Avenue, and Highway 116.

The Joe Rodota Trail is 8.47 miles of paved trail. Sections of the trail run along an abandoned railroad line. The trail offers an opportunity for families with young children to experience an outdoor outing for walking, bicycle riding, horseback riding, and roller skating. The trail meanders along agricultural ranches, and the Laguna of Santa Rosa. There are signs of the historic railroad throughout the property. Three bridges are on top of the old train trestles. The trail is especially popular in the spring with a burst of color from wildflowers. The trail is an excellent place for year-round bird watching.

From Rails to Trails

The West County Regional & Joe Rodota Trails are built along land that was once the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, a line that linked Petaluma and Santa Rosa with Sebastopol and Forestville. The trails total fourteen miles long. The trails are paved for walking, bicycle riding, and roller skating. An unpaved equestrian trail runs parallel to the paved trail. Designated as a Community Millennium Trail by Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the trail offers beautiful views of farms, vineyards, and other agricultural lands. Fall and Spring are particularly beautiful times of the year to use the trails. Please note that the most northern trail section in Forestville has not been completed. If you want updated information, please contact us at (707) 565-2041.

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