West County Regional Trail

Along Hwy 116 from Sebastopol to Forestville

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

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

Parking in Graton: No day use parking fee. Parking is available off Graton Road behind the old Graton Fire Station (Disabled parking available).

Parking in Forestville: No day use parking fee. Trailhead parking lot and picnic area on the south side of Ross Station Road where trail intersects road; Limited street parking at the west end of Pajaro Lane.

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

Accessibility: Paved, wheelchair accessible trails. Disabled parking available off Graton Road behind the old Graton Fire Station.

Restrictions: No restrooms or drinking water are available.

Ranger Phone: (707) 433-1625

The West County Regional Trail runs between Sebastopol and Forestville. This approximately 5.57 mile section of trail starts near the intersection of Mill Station Road and Highway 116 in Sebastopol, and ends in Forestville. Access to the trail is located off the following public streets: Highway 116, Occidental Road, Grey Street, Graton Road, Green Valley Road, Ross Station Road, Ross Branch Road, and Pajaro Lane.

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. For updated information, please contact us at (707) 565-2041.

Trails Challenge

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6720 Pocket Canyon Highway, Forestville

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 updated Trails Challenge guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!

Forestville to Green Valley Road
Distance: 4.6 miles round trip
Degree of difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Elevation Gain: 144 feet

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

Trail Notes

  • West County Regional Trail follows the route of a former railway that once linked Petaluma and Santa Rosa with Sebastopol and Forestville. This 5.5-mile trail now connects the communities of Forestville, Graton and Sebastopol and provides a mostly paved route completely separate from Highway 116.
  • The trail offers beautiful views of farms, pastures and vineyards. Passing through the Atascadero Creek Ecological Reserve, the trail is quite popular with walkers and cyclists.
  • This suggested hike follows the portion of trail that runs from downtown Forestville to Green Valley Road near Graton.
  • The trail continues south beyond Green Valley Road for another 2.2 miles to the village of Graton and the city of Sebastopol, where it is easy to connect to the Joe Rodota Trail, another rails-to-trails route linking Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. The entire West County-Joe Rodota system is 14 miles one-way from Forestville to Sebastopol to Santa Rosa.

Trail Directions

  • Begin your walk at the community trailhead in downtown Forestville. Head south on the dirt path, winding through oaks that soon open onto views of vineyards. The trail bends, then comes to a hard right turn and the paved trail.
  • Continuing on the paved trail, on your left, you will notice a large recycled-water pond, which harbors a surprising variety of birds throughout the year.
  • After crossing two bridges, you’ll reach the Ross Branch Road trailhead, where you’ll find a few picnic tables, benches, and parking spots. This is the approximate halfway-point for this walk. Beyond Ross Branch Road, you’ll be treated to views of a berry farm, vineyards, and horse pastures.
  • After crossing the private Ross Lane, the trail takes you past Graton’s recycled-water ponds, then leaves
    the route of the former railway and takes a sharp right turn, becoming dirt.
  • You are now in Atascadero Creek Ecological Reserve, a biologically important wetland. A boardwalk keeps you above the sensitive habitat until you reach the end of your walk at Green Valley Road. Turn around and retrace your steps back to Forestville.

Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, take Highway 12 west to downtown Sebastopol. Follow the signs to Highway 116 West (North Main Street) and Jenner.
  • Drive west 6.7 miles to downtown Forestville. Thetrailhead and parking area will be on your left.
  • No parking fee.

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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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