The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.
$7 per vehicle for day use. $1 per person (vehicles with 10 or more people)
Permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length. License required.
Accessible family camping areas.
This 210 acre park offers picnic facilities and a
spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from Stillwater Cove. The park has open
meadows mixed with coastal forest. There is a half-mile trail leading to the
historic one-room Fort Ross Schoolhouse.
Stillwater Cove is popular with
small boat operators, skin and scuba divers and abalone divers, as it
provides ocean access and a small beach. A beach launch facility is
available for people to load and off load their boats or kayaks. A portage
to the Cove and the ocean is within a short walking distance of the
launch. The launch is open throughout the year. No parking is available
at the cove itself. Parking is available at Stillwater Cove Regional
Park's day use parking lot.
Stillwater Cove Regional Park Trails
Length:3.19 miles of trails
Located on the rugged and scenic Sonoma coast, Stillwater Cove Regional Park includes 3.19 miles of trails that wind along creeks through fern lined canyons beneath majestic redwoods. A short spur off of the 1.6 mile loop trail bordering Stockhoff Creek will lead hikers to the historic Fort Ross Schoolhouse. Campers and day use visitors will enjoy walking between beautiful Stillwater Cove beach to the campground via a short trail.
Individual campsites & a hiker/bicycle site:
Coastal campgrounds with ocean views
Accessible family camping areas
Stillwater Cove Park offers individual campsites and a hiker/bicycle site. Campground features include potable water, restrooms with coin -operated showers, flush toilets, and electrical outlets. There is also a dump station. Please note: there are no RV hook-ups.
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Stillwater Cover Regional Park
22455 Highway 1
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
(28.73 MB). Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!
Suggested trail loop: Canyon Trail
Loop length: 1.2 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain: 140 feet
- Located between Fort Ross and Salt Point, this 210-acre park features a picturesque cove on the ocean, a year-round campground, a creek, and a loop trail through an impressive canyon of coast redwood, Douglas firs, ferns and riparian plants.
- Stillwater Cove is a popular park for campers and divers, yet it's one of the lesser-visited spots for Highway 1
tourists. That means you may have the beautiful Canyon Loop Trail all to yourself.
- Stillwater's forest is home to the one-room Fort Ross schoolhouse built in 1885. The schoolhouse, now unused, was moved to the park in the 1970s after having occupied three other sites nearby.
- The dominant tree here is the coast redwood, the species that includes the tallest and some of the oldest trees on Earth. The land comprising the park was logged only once, in the 1850s, so this hike is a chance to see a mature coastal forest with old-growth redwoods and Douglas firs.
- The trail follows Stockhoff Creek, where young steelhead trout and salmon live until they are large enough to swim to the ocean.
- The rare "fringed corn lily," found only on the Mendocino-Sonoma coast, grows along this trail. The lily has huge, brilliant-green leaves and blooms with delicate, six-petaled white flowers in summer and fall.
- The trail begins at the lower-end of the parking lot and quickly descends to the creek and forest. Follow the wooden bridge across the creek and follow the trail uphill.
- You will soon reach a 200-foot spur to the old schoolhouse. Take this quick side trip for a glimpse of North Coast history.
- Back on the trail, you'll descend switchbacks and then head upstream, cross the creek, and head down the other side. Here, you can extend your adventure by following the trail to Stillwater Cove's beach and tidepools.
- From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 north to River Road. Turn left (west) on River Road (Highway 116) and follow it through Guerneville to Jenner and Highway 1. Turn right (north) on Highway 1 and drive 16 miles to the park entrance, on the right (near mile marker 36.) Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.