Maxwell Farms Regional Park features 40 acres of riparian backcountry with 2.5 miles of trails shaded by giant bay and oak trees and access to Sonoma Creek.
The park’s trails are level, offering an easy stroll through mature trees, meadows, and the remnants of a historic orchard. (The Maxwell family farmed this property for 100 years until the late 1960s, planting plum and apricot trees that still produce fruit.) Trailheads are located behind the baseball field, the playground and the ranger residence.
One recommended route loops around this natural area of the park. Begin your walk on Verano Trail behind the ball field at the north end of the park. You'll pass through a dense mix of oaks and bay laurel. Head south on Three Meadows Trail, paralleling a meadow on your left and Sonoma Creek on your right. (The creek is the sole drainage of Sonoma Valley, running from Sugarloaf Ridge to San Pablo Bay.) Head east on Back Meadow Trail to reach the front of the park.
If you’d like to extend your adventure beyond Maxwell Farms, 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 will lead you through residential neighborhoods and provides trail connections to Sonoma State Historic Park, Montini Open Space Preserve, Sonoma Overlook Trail, and Sonoma Plaza.