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Now is the time to hit the paths and trails of Sonoma County for an eyeful of raw wildflower beauty.
Happy spring! Although the season officially begins March 20, wildflower season has already begun in Sonoma County, with early blooms abounding at Foothill, Crane Creek, Helen Putnam, Shiloh and other regional parks known for their brilliant spring wildflower displays.
Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired 120 acres on the western flank of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve above Sonoma Valley, a strategic expansion that will preserve scenic views and wildlife habitat, offer new recreation opportunities, and support future wildfire defense.
Helen Putnam Regional Park’s many fans have more to celebrate with the opening of a new entrance and trail on the north side of this Petaluma park. On Windsor Drive, a much-anticipated 31-space parking lot leads to the new West Wind Trail, which connects visitors conveniently to the park interior (see below for more on the new trail).
December weather makes our skies extra big and beautiful. And for a big view of big sky — not to mention big landscapes, and the big waters of the San Pablo Bay — you can’t do better than Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. This park’s unique seasonal lake, marshlands, grasslands and ridges give unobstructed views for miles, so it’s exceptionally good for bird-watching and vista-gazing.