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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Taylor Mountain or on the rocky singletrack at Annadel, both in Santa Rosa, this list will get you on the trails.  

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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.