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Oak tree at Helen Putnam Regional Park

The Wild Diversity of Sonoma County Oaks

Where's your favorite spot to enjoy Sonoma County’s magnificent oak woodlands? Oak trees are perhaps the single most iconic element of our landscape. So what do we know about them? 

Golden violets in April at Tolay Lake Regional Park

On the Trail to Spring Picnics in Sonoma County 

Spring in Sonoma County is practically a Technicolor experience, and a picnic in the park is one of the best ways to enjoy the season's vivid beauty. You can discover more remote picnic sites, where you're immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of spring.

Lawson addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Get Off the Beaten Path – and onto the Lawson Trail at Hood Mountain

The Lawson Trail at Hood Mountain Regional Park and Preserve is an approximately 4-mile total out-and-back adventure for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, but users will log about 6 miles total when adding in the distance from the parking lot to the trail.

Wildflowers at Crane Creek Regional Park

Sonoma County’s Best Spring Wildflower Walks

Nature is an artist whose palette expands dramatically in early spring. That’s when the bright green open spaces of Sonoma County are at first dotted, then broadly brushed, with the richest of hues.

Spring wildflowers

Hit These Sonoma County Trails to Celebrate Spring

The sun is shining and the temperature is mild – spring is the perfect time to enjoy a hike at one of your favorite Sonoma County parks. So, download a park map, fill that water bottle and start exploring.

Cows grazing alongside hikers at Crane Creek Regional Park

Sharing Sonoma County Trails with Cows

We graze cattle seasonally at Taylor Mountain, Crane Creek, and North Sonoma Mountain regional parks – and year-round at Tolay Lake Regional Park. Here are some tips for feeling more comfortable when hiking or biking in parks where livestock like cows, sheep and goats are grazing.

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