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  • Doran Beach man with kite

    Fall is a special time to be outdoors in Sonoma County, and one of the best features of the season is the spectacular weather along the Sonoma Coast. Autumn is ideal for visiting beaches in Bodega Bay, the Sea Ranch and Gualala.

  • Helen Putnam views to the west

    Looking for spring beauty in Sonoma County that will take your breath away? Head to the rolling hills just west of Petaluma, where Helen Putnam Regional Park features jaw-dropping views of bright green countryside and endless blue-and-white skies. 

  • View from Lawson Peak

    If you’ve never hiked Sonoma County’s Hood Mountain Regional Park in (or it’s been a while), the opening of a new trail – the Lawson Trail – gives you the perfect reason to venture out and discover panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley from this park.

  • Mountain biker climbing Hood Mountain

    From beginning rides at parks like Helen Putnam in Petaluma or Foothill in Windsor to epic climbs at Hood Mountain or the rocky singletrack at Annadel, this list will get you on the trails.  

  • 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. 

  • Russian River Paddleboard Tours

    Stand-up paddleboarding or “SUP,” is popular in Sonoma County, where the Russian River, several lakes, and Bodega Bay provide diverse adventures for paddleboarders.

  • Girl in life vest in the Russian River

    Summer on the Russian River. ... It's an iconic Sonoma County experience on this beautiful warm-weather playground. However, playing in the river is not without risk. So at the risk of sounding like your mom, we ask you to please be safe out there.

  • Tent camping at Doran Beach

    Thinking about camping in Sonoma County this summer? If so and if you want to nab the best spot, reserve your campsite today. The earlier you reserve, the better your chance of ending up with a campsite that matches your needs.

  • 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.

  • Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Coiled

    Sonoma County’s parks are full of wildlife, and that wildlife includes the northern Pacific rattlesnake. Just how dangerous are rattlesnakes? What should you do if you find a rattlesnake on a trail? Here are some snake facts and hiking tips to help you keep calm if you encounter a rattlesnake in a park.  

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