BEAUTIFUL BLUFFS & BEACHESMendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by gentle trails that meander along the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of sea arches, ancient blow holes, hidden grottos and the ever changing Pacific Ocean.
BEAUTIFUL BLUFFS & BEACHES
Mendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by gentle trails that meander along the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of sea arches, ancient blow holes, hidden grottos and the ever changing Pacific Ocean.
Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches on the Mendocino Coast, if not the world. Not only because nature created it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes.
Pt. Arena Lighthouse ~ Point Arena
Open for public tours, the museum is located in the Fog Signal Building, includes displays of historical equipment and pictures, Coast Guard and ship wreck artifacts and charts, geographical maps and information on the area, and examples of local plants, birds, and whales.
Best Views of Mendocino
Picture postcard view of Mendocino Village from across the bay! Mendocino Bay Overlook offers a spectacular view of the village of Mendocino from south of Big River. Located off Road 500B/Brewery Gulch Drive immediately south of Mendocino (after the bridge).>> Click for Map.
North Coast Surf School
Make your Mendocino vacation memorable! Learn to Surf! 1 Hour 45 Minutes of Instruction
- Private & Group Lessons
- Includes all equipment
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Located on 47 Ocean Front acres, this magnificent landscape includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, a closed-cone pine forest and a varied array of floral and plant collections.
Bring a Picnic!
Montgomery Woods State Park
Half way between Mendocino and Ukiah, you will find ancient redwood groves in Montgomery Woods State Park, you'll find one of the TALLEST LIVING THING in the world, (a redwood tree) is in this grove.
Pygmy Forest in Van Damme
Because of poor soil characteristics, and a hardpan that precludes penetration by roots or water, trees on this site are dwarfed. The same species in the surrounding forest off the pygmy soils, attain full height.
RIDE THE SKUNK TRAIN
Since 1885 the historic Skunk Train has made its way through old-growth redwood groves, over scenic trestle bridges, through spectacular tunnels, and into the heart of the Noyo River canyon. Today's riders enjoy the same pristine views that have remained largely unchanged for well over a century.
Point Arena Stornetta
California Coastal National Monument
This unique and spectacular area includes access to 12 coastal miles of coastal bluffs, sandy beaches and dunes, the estuary of the Garcia River, and adjacent small islands accessible during low tide.
Catch a Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Kayak, Canoe and Outrigger rentals on gorgeous 8 mile long Big River Estuary. Escape the fog and ride the tide through a redwood canyon. Watch for seals, otters and bird life. Stable outriggers are easy to paddle and hold from 1 to 10 people. Children & dogs are welcome!
Russian Gulch State Parks
Perfect for exploring and hiking, this park features 1,162 acres with 7,630 feet of ocean frontage, with rugged headlands, beaches, tide pools and the Devil's Punch Bowl sea cave on one side and on the other side you'll find the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon and the 36-foot high waterfall.
Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse
Join our knowledgeable docents for a leisurely stroll along the windswept bluffs of the 300 acre Point Cabrillo Preserve. You'll learn a little coastal ecology and the story of the Frolic, the 1850 shipwreck that changed Mendocino's history forever.
Van Damme State Beach
These 1,831 acres of beach and forest feature a lush Fern Canyon scenic trail that takes you to the Pygmy Forest where mature cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall
MacKerricher State Parks
Popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. This park is best known for all the seals that live in this beautiful and varied habitat of sandy beaches, ocean bluffs, sand dunes and tide pools to forests and wetlands.
Navarro River Beach
After winding over rolling hills and through the Anderson Valley along Highway 128, you'll suddenly enter an eleven-mile-long "redwood tunnel to the sea" that runs along the majestic Navarro River.
This State Park features 100 acres of virgin old-growth Redwood trees, family-friendly
swimming hole and the Navarro River runs through this park with camping and nature trails. Picnicking sites are located near the banks of the Navarro River in full view of Big Hendy Grove.
Schooner Gulch & Bowling Ball Beach
Sunset watching, fishing, picnicking and surfing are popular activities here. A small parking area with two trailheads is on the west side of the highway. The southern trail leads to Schooner Gulch Beach and the northern trail provides access to Bowling Ball Beach.
Jug Handle State Reserve
NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK: Explore a 2.5-mile self-guided nature trail called The Ecological Staircase.
Each of the terraces was uplifted from sea level about 100,000 years before the one below it. The lowest terrace consists of prairie; the second is covered with pines; the third supports a unique pygmy forest with knee-high trees possibly several decades old.
760 acres of beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. The beach line curves gently to form a "catch basin" which collects a lot of driftwood. Five miles of gentle, sandy beach stretches southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.
Big River Beach
Where the Pacific ocean meets the Big River to form Mendocino Bay. A picturesque path that runs atop the southern bluffs (if you walk EAST), will take you to the wooden staircase that leads down to this sandy beach. Drive South out of Village and take first left before bridge to drive to sand.
The long shallow beach is perfect for kids! Dive for abalone, fish to your heart's content or hit the water for a little surfing, boogie-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling or swimming. Sunbathe on our sandy shores, or comb the Beach for shells.
Pt. Arena Pier
At the right time of the year it is one of the best fishing piers in the state. And, throughout the year it is the best pier to fish if you want to catch rocky-area species like striped seaperch, lingcod, kelp greenling, rock greenling and cabezon and a fair pier to catch salmon.
--Noyo Harbor is your starting point for a day out on the ocean, whether it's on a fishing or whale watching charter, or paddling your own kayak.
At the north end of Elk, historic Druid and Catholic cemeteries pay homage to this once prospering town. The first farms and sawmill were established here before Mendocino was even settled. This peaceful bluff is a befitting final resting place for the brave pioneers who tamed this wild coast.
Tides and tidepools
The sun and the moon move in cycles affecting the ebb and flow of the Tides, wind and storms. We have two high and low tides of unequal heights each day, with a time difference of approximately six hours between them. Tides below one foot in height are ideal for viewing organisms in our majestic tidepools.
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE OCEAN!
Jackson State Forest
Eleven incredible trails to choose from with all levels of difficulty. You'll discover old growth redwood groves and waterfalls. Mountain biking trails, remote campsites and much more!
Admiral William Standley
At an elevation of 1,700 feet in the Coastal Range. It is located near the headwaters of the south fork of the Eel River. The park features redwoods and is a popular spot for salmon and steelhead fishing. The area is also a favorite place for hikers and picnickers. The park is North of Willits, 14 miles west of Laytonville on Branscomb Road.
Greenwood State Beach
This beautiful beach offers stunning views, picnic tables and a path down to the beach. Several rest and view spots are provided and there is also a state park toilet provided for park visitors and travelers.
Ten Mile Trail - Old Haul Road
Easy trail - Flat and paved most of the way! Excellent for biking, strolling and exercising. The Old Haul Road runs along the beach. A small section was washed out during a severe storm, but able bodied sorts can travel along the sand until the road picks up again.
Pomo Bluffs in Fort Bragg
on Todd's Point, in Fort Bragg, this relatively new city park (opened April 22, 2006) on the ocean bluffs overlooking the Noyo Harbor entrance and the Pacific Ocean. There is a paved walkway that's suitable for wheelchairs or strollers and there are benches along the way.
Liquid Fusion Kayaking
Join Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Noyo Harbor for a mild to wild kayak adventure for everyone. They specialize in nature tours and kayak instruction and most of all in FUN!!! Relax with a dry and mild nature tour or challenge yourself with a wet and wild ocean adventure.
Hike & Bike Mendocino
Outdoor lovers that enjoy unbeaten paths will love all of the choices of where to hike, ride bikes or paddle in the sea or rivers. Bring your own or rent a bicycle or kayak - highly trained instructors offer fun adventures from beginner to advanced.
Noyo Beach - Off Leash Beach
Located under the bridge at Noyo Harbor in Fort bragg is a great off leash beach for dogs to romp and play. Mcdog (Mendocino Coast Dog Owners Group) are working on a fenced park in Fort Bragg.
Great fun, particularly if you are a dog!