Maxwell Farms Regional Park

100 Verano Avenue, Sonoma

  • Accessible areas
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Playgrounds

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

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use.

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

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

Restrictions: Alcohol not allowed in park without a group picnic area reservation.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

This popular park in northwest Sonoma has fields for soccer and baseball, tennis and volleyball courts, an accessible playground and picnic sites, and 2.5 miles of nature trails winding through 40 acres of backcountry. A group picnic area can be reserved by calling (707) 565-2041.

Macdougald Skateboard Park

Located inside Maxwell Farms is Macdougald Skateboard Park, a project built through local grants and donations. The city of Sonoma manages the skateboard park. For more information, contact the city at (707) 938-3681. Skaters must wear helmets, and bikes are not allowed.

Valley of the Moon Boys & Girls Club

Also located inside the park is the Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club, which serves Sonoma Valley children. Activities include sports, computer skills, tutoring and art. This facility also was built with local grants and donations and is managed by the Boys & Girls Club, which can be reached at (707) 938-8544.

Maxwell Farms Trails

Length:2.5 miles of trails

Maxwell Farms Regional Park is basically divided into two distinct areas: the "front country" area containing recreation infrastructure such as playing fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, etc. in contrast to the "backcountry area" comprised of 2.5 miles of trails across 40 acres of open space. The trails in the section of the park are virtually level offering easy strolls through corridors of mature bay trees and across remnants of historic orchards.

Trails Challenge

PDF fileView larger image of Maxwell Farms Trails Challenge MapNEW Maxwell Farms Regional Park
100 Verano Avenue, Sonoma

This park is newly 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 Loop: Verano Trail to Three Meadows Trail to Back Meadow Trail to Three Meadows Trail to Bay Tree Trail to Verano Trail
Loop length: 1.3 miles  
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 82 feet

Trails symbols for walk, hike, run, wheelchair and stroller accessible, dogs on leash, cyclists and equestrians

Park notes

  • Maxwell Farms Regional Park is on the northwest side of Sonoma, between Highway 12 and Sonoma Creek. To a passerby, this park might seem like a traditional park, with sports fields, a playground, skate park, tennis courts, picnic sites and a Boys and Girls Club. However, Maxwell Farms also features 40 acres of riparian backcountry with lovely trails shaded by giant bay and oak trees and access to the creek.
  • The park’s trails are virtually level, offering an easy stroll through mature trees, meadows, and the remnants of the historic orchard. The Maxwell family farmed this property for 100 years until the late1960s, planting plum and apricot trees that still produce fruit.

Trail Notes

  • This suggested hike loops around the park’s natural area and follows a portion of Sonoma Creek. Sonoma Creek is the sole drainage of Sonoma Valley, running from Sugarloaf Ridge to San Pablo Bay.
  • The trail loop is ringed by huge California bay laurels and oaks with a grassy meadow in the center.You’ll be struck by the two distinct personalities of the park: the developed play zone on the front of the property and this quiet natural area on the back.
  • After your hike, if you’d like to extend your adventure and explore more of Sonoma, you can cross Highway 12 at the crosswalk at Verano Avenue and turn right on Highway 12. Here, you’ll find the Sonoma Bike Path trailhead that leads you through residential neighborhoods and provides trail connections to Sonoma State Historic Park, Montini Open Space Preserve, Sonoma Overlook Trail,and Sonoma Plaza.

Trail Directions

  • Take the Verano Trail at the northeast end of the parking lot, just above the baseball field.
  • At the junction with Three Meadow Trails you’ll find your first seasonal access to Sonoma Creek. Turn left on Three Meadows Trail when ready to continue.
  • Walk along the edge of a mixed riparian forest and open meadows. You’ll soon see stairs which you can take down to explore the creek.
  • Continue straight onto Back Meadow Trail as it follows near the park boundary.
  • At the ranger residence, you’ll walk a short stretch on paved trail and notice the playground on your right. Stay to your left and follow Three Meadows Trail back into the park interior.
  • Turn right onto Bay Tree Trail and follow it through a forest of bay trees. Connect again with Three Meadows Trail and follow Three Meadows to your right to Verano Trail. Turn right on Verano and follow it back to the parking lot.

Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, drive south on Highway 12 toward Sonoma for about 19 miles.
  • Turn left on Verano Avenue, just past Boyes Hot Springs.
  • Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

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Master Plan Update

Community Workshop

Join us to review and discuss a draft master plan update, and share your feedback:

July 12, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Boys and Girls Clubhouse at Maxwell Farms Regional Park
100 W. Verano Ave., Sonoma

For project information

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Thank you, Trails Challenge Hikers

Congratulations to everyone who completed this year's challenge. Hundreds of participants took to the trails this summer and fall to get healthy, spend time with family and friends, and discover new parks. We're already thinking up new Trails Challenge adventures for next year, and hope you'll join us again.

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