Helen Putnam Regional Park
Helen Putnam Regional Park consists of 216 acres and offers panoramic views of southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County. The park has trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. A gazebo, picnic area, and children's playground are located at the main entrance, near the parking lot. Water is also available at the main entrance. There is a large pond for fishing (bluegill mostly).
Hiking is by far the most popular activity in Sonoma County Regional Parks. With more than 140 miles of trails leading to beaches, mountains, woodlands, meadows and lakes, it's easy to discover the landscapes that make Sonoma County so special.
Joe Rodota Trail
The Joe Rodota Trail is 8.47 miles of paved trail. Sections of the trail run along an abandoned railroad line. The trail offers an opportunity for families with young children to experience an outdoor outing for walking, bicycle riding, horseback riding, and roller skating. The trail meanders along agricultural ranches, and the Laguna of Santa Rosa.
West County Regional Trail
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.
Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sonoma Valley Regional Park is 162 acres and has paved and dirt trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Picnic areas with tables and lawn area are available at the trail head, as well as a portable restroom. Picnic areas are available throughout the park along the paved trail. The park area features outstanding oak woodlands and beautiful wildflower displays in the spring.
Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve
1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa
1450 Pythian Road
Sweeping views of Sonoma Valley from Gunsight Rock
Backpacking sites, trail connection to Sugarloaf State Park
Park Map 7.9 MB
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.
Shell Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail
Shell Beach, one of six Sea Ranch Access Trails, is .65 miles one way and runs through pines and meadow to a wide, sandy beach with sea rocks and tide pools. Small boats can be carried to the ocean via a beach ramp.
Crane Creek Regional Park
Crane Creek, east of Sonoma State University, is a regional park consisting of 128 acres and features rolling grassland meadows and a seasonal creek. The park's open space is bordered by stands of California Buckeye, White Alder, Black Oak and Maple. The park offers outstanding vistas of Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa.
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
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