Ragle Ranch Regional Park

500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol

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

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

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length. License required. No leash required at the Animal Care Center Dog Park.

Accessibility: Paved, wheelchair accessible trails in front area of park and accessible group picnic areas. The Children’s Playground is popular with local children and their parents. This accessible, fully-equipped playground offers school age children stimulating, challenging and fun play as well as opportunities for creative social interaction.

Park & Ranger Phones: Park (707) 823-7262; Ranger (707) 433-1625

This 157-acre park is the site of the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair held in August. This popular event attracts people from all over the Western United States. This park site also contains sports fields for soccer, softball, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a par course, as well as individual and reservable group picnic areas, walking trails, a children's playground and restroom facilities. The Animal Care Center Dog Park opened July 2006.

The Children's Playground is popular with local children and their parents. This accessible, fully-equipped playground offers school age children stimulating, challenging and fun play as well as opportunities for creative social interaction.

The park features an outstanding grove of oak trees. A nature trail leads to Atascadero Creek, a great site for birdwatching. The park is also the site of a peace garden with a spectacular sculpture created by world-renowned artist, Masayuki Nagase.

Ragle Ranch Regional Park Trails

Length:3.56 miles of trails

Ragle Ranch Regional Park contains 3.56 miles of trail over gently rolling terrain that is comprised of the flood plain of Atascadero Creek. The Hilltop Trail offers views across the watershed towards western Sonoma County, while the Blackberry Trail offers a loop around the perimeter of the meadows. Many of the trails become muddy in wet weather, but drain quickly due to the sandy soils. There are several groves of mature oaks, as well as willow and ash bordering the creek. The hiking trails present excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Equestrians are welcome on all trails, and the park contains a gravel parking area with potable water for equestrian parking.

Trails Challenge

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 new Trails Challenge PDF fileguidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and win a free water bottle!

Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol

Suggested trail loop:  Blackberry Trail
Loop length: 1.65 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 50 feet

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

Park Notes

  • Ragle Ranch is a 157-acre park with backcountry trails along the prime bird-watching habitat of Atascadero Creek. The park also has traditional features like a playground, baseball and soccer fields, volleyball courts, group picnic sites and an off-leash dog park. It’s also the site of the Gravenstein Apple Fair each August.

Trail Notes

  • Ragle has 3.5 miles of trails. This suggested hike follows Blackberry Trail around the perimeter of the park, passing through wetlands and meadows and crossing bridges over small streams and Atascadero Creek. The creek is lined with stands of willow, ash, and mature oaks.
  • The hike can be extended by walking several short interior trails across the meadows. From Hilltop Trail enjoy views across the watershed toward the west county.

Trail Directions

  • Follow the paved path on the west side of the park road toward the gazebo picnic area and the Veterans Memorial Grove.
  • Veer left (west), leaving the paved path. Continue a short distance to the gated Blackberry Trail. Head down the hill through an old pear orchard to a bridge over a stream. (The Hilltop Trail will be on your right.)
  • Cross the bridge. You will quickly come to another bridge over Atascadero Creek. Cross this bridge and continue into the wetlands, passing Thistle Trail on your right.
  • Continue on Blackberry Trail, gradually gaining some elevation as you follow the perimeter of the wetland on the park’s western and northern boundaries.
  • You’ll come to another junction with Thistle Trail. Bear left to continue on Blackberry Trail and cross another section of Atascadero Creek.
  • Parallel the north side of the creek through grasslands and an oak grove. Cross another bridge and turn south. The dirt trail ends at a paved fork. The Blackberry Trail continues south to the parking lot.

Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, drive 7 miles west on Highway 12 to Ragle Road in Sebastopol. (Along the way, the highway becomes Sebastopol Road, then Bodega Avenue.)
  • Turn right on Ragle Road and drive a half-mile to the park entrance on the left.
  • Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

Fog to Bog Quest

The Community Clean Water Institute has partnered with the Atascadero/Green Valley Watershed Council and Regional Parks to create a watershed quest in the backcountry of Ragle Ranch Park. A quest is an interactive treasure hunt that teaches people about special places. By going on a quest, you can learn about this seasonal wetland, engage in water-quality observations and have fun while adventuring in this section of the Atascadero/Green Valley watershed.

This quest begins at the top of the park’s Blackberry Trail, near the gazebo. Pick up your quest map there or PDF fileprint out your own (366 kB).

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