~ ANCIENT REDWOOD FORESTS ~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.
The Tallest Living Things on Earth are in Mendocino County
NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK: Explore five wave-cut terraces formed by glacier, sea and tectonic activity terraces that were uplifted from sea level about 100,000 years before the one below it. Plants on each terrace represent a more advanced stage in succession, indicating what the previous, next lower terrace may look like in 100,000 years.
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.
Russian Gulch State Park
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.
VAN DAMME BEACH and FOREST
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
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.
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.
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.