Regional Parks Blog

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  • Tolay-sky-75.jpg
    If you’ve followed the creation of Tolay Lake Regional Park, you’re in for a real treat. After 13 years of land acquisitions, environmental reviews and partner collaboration, you can now visit Tolay Lake Regional Park daily during regular park hours.
  • Tolay Lake Regional Park in spring
    Sonoma County’s Regional Parks have a wide selection of trails to choose from: 150 miles of trails to be exact. What goes into making a good trail? More than meets the eye.
  • Steelhead Beach Regional Park

    Floating down the Russian River is one of Sonoma County's most popular summer activities. But a tubing adventure can go flat in no time if you don't plan ahead. Here are Sonoma County Regional Parks' do's and don'ts for a successful float trip, including our only recommended route: Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach in Forestville.

  • Doran Regional Park beach
    If you’re new to Doran Beach, or even if you’ve visited for years, you may not realize all there is to do. Here are some of our top suggestions for summer fun at Doran Beach.
  • Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach with spring flowers

    Have you ever stopped to think about how to improve Healdsburg's Veterans Memorial Beach? Sonoma County Regional Parks is preparing an overarching plan to redevelop this popular Russian River park and wants to hear what you like about the park or what you'd like to see changed.

  • Hood Mountain Scarlet Fritillary from Ashes

    If you haven’t been to Hood Mountain Regional Park in a while, now is the time to go. The Pythian Road entrance of the 1,750-acre preserve on the edge of the Sonoma Valley recently reopened for the first time since the October 2017 wildfire, and its landscape offers a unique look at the ferocity and resiliency of nature. Hood Mountain enthusiasts will be relieved to see that their beloved getaway is not ruined, but regenerating – undergoing a “renovation” of sorts. 

  • Poppies

    Nature can be formidable and challenging, as the Sonoma County wildfires reminded us. But nature also can be a resource for health and healing. More and more, science bears that out. Reflecting on that evidence, Sonoma County Regional Parks is launching Nature Heals, free monthly sessions that support community wellness through yoga, art, poetry, and meditation in the parks.

  • Shiloh Ranch burned oak on ground
    If you haven't visited one of the Sonoma County parks that burned in the wildfires, you may wonder what to expect when you do. The good news is you'll find new grass covering ground that was blackened five months ago. You'll see wildflowers and tender leaves sprouting. But at the same time, you will be struck by the fires' scars, some obvious and some less so.  

  • Fire Regrowth

    Sonoma County’s forests, woodlands, shrub lands and streamsides already have a plan for recovery after the fires. In fact, they’ve planned for this wildfire disaster for a long time. And they have bounced back from many fires over thousands of years. 

  • Field on Fire
    Several Sonoma County Regional Parks were damaged in October's wildfires and are closed indefinitely as we assess impacts and plan repairs. Here is a summary of how the parks fared and when they might reopen.
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About this Blog

Welcome to the official Regional Parks blog, where we bring you regular articles about Sonoma County's parks, beaches, trails, wildlife, and outdoor adventures.