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  • Soda-Springs-Reserve-creek-75

    On hot days, hikers naturally seek out the cool green shade of a forest. Sonoma County Regional Parks offers more than a few options for tree-lined trails, and we’ve selected six favorites. Read on for some shady forested hikes that are perfect for escaping the heat of summer.

  • Father hiking Spring Lake with child in backpack

    Thought your hiking days were on hold once you became a parent? Think again! Sonoma County’s Regional Parks provide plenty of safe and doable adventures for little ones. To help you and your kids enjoy your time on the trails, here are some tips for preparing for your adventure and choosing the best parks to explore.

  • Alta Vista Trail at Foothill Park

    Foothill Regional Park’s Alta Vista Trail has always been a popular hike, and now it’s even better following the addition of new switchbacks and other improvements. Come see the amazing views, the beautiful nature, and the fascinating fire recovery in one of Windsor’s, and Sonoma County’s, best outdoor destinations.

  • Mother and daughter wildflower watching at Crane Creek

    Each spring, Northern California’s meadows and oak woodlands burst forth with poppies, lupine and other wildflowers, drawing people to our inland parks for a hike through nature’s most colorful scenery. For those wondering where to go, here are some of the best spring wildflower walks in Sonoma County.

  • Sea Ranch headlands

    For outdoor enthusiasts, one of the best things about living in Sonoma County is the moderate weather. Except for days with heavy rains, hiking here can be a year-round pleasure. From the Sonoma Valley to Sonoma Coast, here are some of Regional Parks favorite winter hikes.

  • Cows at Tolay Lake

    Livestock grazing is an important tool for managing vegetation and biodiversity in Sonoma County’s parks. That means you might find yourself encountering cows along some trails. Here are tips for how to hike alongside cattle in regional parks and open space preserves.

  • View near Hood Mountain summit

    Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve was in the direct path of the Glass Fire on Sept. 28 when the fire topped the Mayacamas Mountains from Napa County, driven by dry conditions and strong winds on its way toward Eastern Santa Rosa. Overall, the wildfire burned approximately 80 percent of the 2,000-acre park. About 50 percent was a moderate- to high-severity burn that killed or heavily damaged many trees. 

  • Shiloh Ranch Regional Park spring 2018

    Recreating during the pandemic has made a couple of things abundantly clear: Getting outside for our physical and mental health is more important than ever, and some trails are better than others for doing that safely. There are three Sonoma County multi-use trails that offer room to spread out or take you off the beaten path. 

  • Laguna Trail with clouds

    One of the special things about winter hiking is the show often taking place in the sky. Whether a dark storm is approaching, puffy clouds are clearing, or the setting sun casts an orange glow, winter skies can be breathtaking in Sonoma County’s parks. 

  • North Sonoma Mountain view green

    Three spectacular hikes with stunning views at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, one of the county’s newest parks.

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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.