Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve
A prominent county landmark, Taylor Mountain provides sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, and its oak woodlands, meadows, wetlands and springs are habitat for a variety of wildlife. The site has an 18-hole disc golf course which opens to the public Saturday, November 8th and 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, one of which leads up the mountain
Walk On Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail
Walk On Beach Trail connects to Bluff Top Trail, which leads south to Walk On Beach. Public access to this beach was closed for years due to trail erosion, but repairs were completed in July of 2014 and access is fully restored. Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of Gualala. Trails start at Highway 1 parking areas and cross bluff-top meadows and forests to rugged coastline. Cliffside staircases lead to secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and rock formations. In addition to hiking, these public access points offer opportunities for diving, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.
3 Hikes on North Sonoma Mountain
Sonoma Mountain is a landmark of central and southern Sonoma County, visible for miles around Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. Having just opened in 2015, North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve offers public trails on the north side of the mountain for the first time. Hiking options include a standout section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that connects to Jack London State Historic Park and two shorter trails with equally stunning views of Wine Country valleys and peaks.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park
Ragle Ranch, a 157-acre regional 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.
Cloverdale River Park
Cloverdale River Park offers seasonal fishing and a boat launch area with parking for kayaks, canoes and drift boats. It is a great spot for wildlife viewing along the river and at the seasonal freshwater ponds on the east side of the site.
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail
The steep Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail leads to a spectacular view of hidden coves and rock formations. Fishing is excellent but challenging. A perfect place to spend an enjoyable day for picnicking, sightseeing and relaxation. Can be hiked as a 1.9-mile loop with Shorttail Gulch Trail. Flush restroom facility at parking lot.
Black Point Sea Ranch Access Trail
Black Point Trail is.25 miles one way and crosses the bluffs to a curving, quarter-mile beach reached by a steep, wooden staircase. Known to surfers, this beach is just north of Black Point, a cape that juts out about 250 yards from the shore. Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of Gualala.
Pebble Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail
Pebble Beach Trail is .27 miles one way and features grassy path runs through pines and meadow to a small black-sand cove reached by stairs. Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of Gualala.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail Opens to Public
A 2.4-mile trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa opened to the public November 16, 2012, giving hikers, cyclists and equestrians a new route through the unique landscape of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland.
Stengel Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail
Stengel Beach Trail, .12 miles one way, is a short path lined with cypress trees and leads to a wooden staircase and a small beach. Look for seasonal waterfalls on the cliffs. Stengel has largest parking area of the public trails, with room for a dozen cars.
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