Stillwater Cove Regional Park

22455 Highway 1, Jenner

  • Accessible areas
  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Picnic Facilities

Hours: The park opens at sunrise 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' in length. License required.

Accessibility: Accessible family camping areas.

Ranger Phone: (707) 847-3245

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

Accessibility: 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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Trails Challenge

Stillwater Cover Regional Park
22455 Highway 1, 16 miles north of Jenner

PDF fileView larger image of Stillwater Cove Trails Challenge MapThis 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 loop:  Canyon Trail
Loop length: 1.2 miles or 2.4 miles
Degree of difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Elevation gain: 140 feet

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Park Notes

  • 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 trails through an impressive canyon of coast redwood, Douglas firs, and riparian plants and along the rocky coastline.
  • Stillwater Cove is a popular park for campers and divers, yet it’s a lesser-visited spot for Highway 1 tourists. That means you may have the beautiful Canyon Trail 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.

Trail Notes:

  • 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 fern-lined Stockhoff Creek, habitat for young steelhead trout and salmon.
  • 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.

Trail Directions

  • The trail begins at the north end of the parking lot. Follow the trail into the canyon and head right on Canyon Trail, following Stockhoff Creek upstream. On your left, you will notice a missing footbridge. The bridge was damaged by storms and removed in spring 2017. Until a replacement is found, this hike is a one-way up and back, rather than a loop.
  • Stay right on the trail, following it across another footbridge and up the canyon. You’ll see a junction signed “dead-end trail.” You can extend your walk 1.2 miles roundtrip by hiking up the dead-end segment (Stockhoff Trail) to a bridge crossing. The trail beyond this bridge is not maintained and is difficult to navigate, so turn back here.
  • Back on the Canyon Trail, hike up a series of switchbacks, crossing the creek by rock-hopping. You’ll soon reach a short trail spur to a meadow and the old schoolhouse. Take this quick side trip for a glimpse of North Coast history. Return the way you came on Canyon Trail.
  • Continue past the parking lot stairs, cross Highway 1 to Stillwater Cove, and take some time to enjoy the ocean and beach.

Driving Directions

  • 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.

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