Mendocino Visitors

Outdoor Adventure, Recreation & Services

In Mendocino County there are spectacular vistas to enjoy and photograph, beaches for surfing or long walks,ocean or freshwater fishing, forests and valleys to hike or bike, and birds and wildlife to watch. Here are Mendocino County’s best outdoor adventures and recreation destinations.

North Coast

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With an elevation of 1,700 feet in the Coastal Range, is located near the headwaters of the south fork of the Eel River  (North East of Fort Bragg). The park features 45 acres of redwoods and is a popular spot for salmon and steelhead fishing, hiking and picnicking. 
 
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whale watching and fishing tours

Just south of Mendocino in Headlands State Park. A logging road follows the river for many miles, making for a pleasant walk or bike ride.

If you’d like a more adventurous climb, there are numerous side trails all along the way.

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fishing, picnicking, surfing
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beach, wildflowers and surf
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canoe, kayak and bike rentals
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Parks and Recreation
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Hidden on top of the world, Digging Dog is indeed a “one-of-a-kind” world where hard to find plants thrive and inspire the gardener inside you. Be sure to request their amazing catalog!
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Museum & Visitors Center
unique beach, regionally famous
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Performing Arts
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coastal park, geological wonder
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Explore scenic rivers and ocean adventures, sea caves and secluded coves.
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Museum & Gardens
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18-hole course with ocean views
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Situated on the Mendocino Coast, this time-tested Victorian inn is a 12-minute walk from Van Damme State Park.
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forested historic park, 10-mile beach
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coastal redwood forest, rivers
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beach, sand dunes, grasslands
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Wine Tours & Limo Service
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Located at the Stanford Inn, the center is a professional healing center for relaxation, rejuvenation, alternative healing and stress management.
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#2 on Sunset Magazine’s list! “Canyons, wetlands, pine forest, and more make up this 47-acre garden overlooking the Pacific."

Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. The unique environment on the Mendocino Coast makes the Gardens a wonder year-round; each changing season brings new flora and fauna. We welcome visitors and our local community to experience the rugged beauty of the Mendocino Coast mixed with the peaceful tranquility of our garden by the sea. 

Read this blog for more information. 

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"Glamping" - our favorite new adventure lodging!
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beach, trails, winter whale-watching
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Tours and excursions of Mendocino County
A magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers in one of the most enchanting sites in Northern California.
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65 miles long and 35 miles across, the forest's 913,306 federally-owned acres of mountains and canyons range from an elevation of 750ft  in the Grindstone Creek Canyon to 8092ft at South Yolla Bolly Mountain. As the only one of California's 18 national forests not crossed by a paved road or highway, the forest is especially attractive to people seeking an outdoor experience of tranquility and solitude. 

Photo courtesy of:  on Panoramio 

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Sitting in the heart of the redwood forest, nine miles east of Mendocino. 200 buildings were built by skilled workers of the WPA and the CCC in the 1930’s. Many buildings feature walls of old growth redwood, hand-hewn beams and stone fireplaces.
 

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700 acres of redwoods
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hiking, camping, swimming
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Lodging, Exploration and Ocean Front Weddings at a Historic Lighthouse
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Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers people to experience the beauty of the Mendocino coast on horseback.
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beach and redwood forest horseback tours
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forested headlands, beach, sea caves
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Gray whales pass by during the winter and early spring. Roosevelt elk roam the grasslands. Sea lions and harbor seals hang out in rocky coves. The 60-mile stretch of wilderness and steep trails are an arresting landscape; with canyons, arches, tide pools, sea stacks, seasonal wildflowers, waterfalls, and dark sand beaches.

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Traveling north on the Redwood Highway/U.S. 101 from San Francisco toward Gualala, these are the first old-growth redwoods you will discover. To minimize human impact, there are no campgrounds, trails or parking lot but the 60-foot Dora Creek Falls and Eel River provide refreshing beauty for swimming anf fishing.

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Camp in one of the 3 campgrounds with 150 campsites or take a refreshing stop on your drive to walk among the redwoods, swim or fish in the Eel River. 

Redwood hot tubs, state of the art sauna and finest massage staff on the Coast catering to wedding and group retreats.
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sport fishing and whale watching
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hiking and biking trail along the ocean
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Dramatic ocean views, full service catering and spa
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The Raven's Restaurant, Catch-A-Canoe and Bicycle Too, Mendocino Center for Living Well
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forest, hiking, camping
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We provide education and safe escort to the many fine wineries in Mendocino County. Staying on the Mendocino Coast, travel inland and visit Anderson Valley one of Californias’ premier pinot noir wine regions, see the golden hills, and enjoy the many boutique wineries. Sip sparkling wines and enjoy the local eateries.
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Covering over three miles of rugged and scenic coastline; the magnificent vistas, sunsets and tree covered mountains in the background provide inspiring challenges to photographers. 

South Coast

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A full service river outfitter for canoe and kayak adventures on the Gualala River at all levels of ability.
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Committed to the breeding and preservation of African hoof stock on a private preserve housing majestic African animals in large open fields.
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This small pine and redwood park features a duck pond, outdoor theater, baseball field, children's playground and a nice walk in the park if you're looking for a little nature walk but not able to go on a big hike.

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SkyHorse Equine Guided Coaching™, Wool Products, Grass Fed Lamb, Nature Based Workshops, Farm Stays, Retreats and Our Annual Wool Festival
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Casino fun, great food and entertainment on the Mendocino Coast!

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47 acres; just south of the small town of Elk and Hwy 128 you can soak up the sun, go swimming or have a picnic lunch on the coast. The former post office turned visitors center houses artifacts from the town's lumber history.

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Enjoy 200 acres of peaceful meadows, 2.9 miles of coastal bluff trail, dramatic coastal forests and sandy beaches. The Gualala River runs lazily through the park and offers limited seasonal fishing along with hiking, picnicking and camping. Gualala Point Beach is easily reached via a dirt trail or ADA accessible paved path, and in general the trails throughout the park are relatively flat.

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McKee Park provides the public with rare access to a lovely stretch of the Russian River.  The riverside in this area is thickly shaded with a variety of native oaks and bay trees. Wading, swimming, and fishing are popular activities; however, as the posted signs warn, the waters are dangerous, and there are no attendants on site.

Point Arena is truly a unique place with an historic Lighthouse at one end and a Pier at the other. This tiny coastal city in Mendocino County is built around a small harbor and offers a variety of shops, restaurants and lodging options. Point Arena's main street comprises part of scenic Highway One, California's coastal artery. The very walkable downtown includes a city park, library, bike path, historic theater and charming older buildings. We look forward to seeing you soon here in Point Arena!

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A stunning perch for watching sunsets, fishing, picnicking, and surfing. There are two trailheads. The southern trail leads to Schooner Gulch Beach and the northern trail provides access to Bowling Ball Beach. 
 

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renowned golf course
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Right off Highway 1, this classy boutique hotel is set on 52 acres of untamed Pacific coast.
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1,665 acres with access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands, coastal bluffs, the estuary of the Garcia River, sandy beaches and dunes, and adjacent small islands accessible during low tide. Managed by BLM. 

Wine Country

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Two virgin redwood groves; Big Hendy with a self-guided discovery trail and Little Hendy. The Navarro River runs the length of the park.
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This quiet “getaway” spot only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean is the only park in the County Parks system that allows overnight camping. Besides the roomy campsites, Indian Creek Park offers running water, picnic tables, clean restrooms, camp fire pits, BBQ grills and a resident caretaker.

 

Indian Creek Park is located one-half mile southeast of Philo on Highway 128. It is beautifully situated in a grove of large old-growth on the south bank of Indian Creek, near its junction with the Navarro River

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lake and recreation area, boating, etc.
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Located in the west hills of Ukiah, this 80-acre park is situated along Orr Creek and has restrooms, a parking lot and a 1+ acre off-leash dog park. 

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This museum presents the story of Mendocino County and what it was like in the days of coastal shipping, Indian culture, the redwood lumber and railroad industries the life and time of Seabiscuit and much more.
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This tour company will pick you up anywhere near Mendocino Village and take you on a guided daylong tour of the regions award-winning boutique wineries
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Mill Creek is a stream located just 19.5 miles from Ukiah. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including bream, bluegill, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass here. Hike up to a ridge to get views of Ukiah Valley and spring wildflowers.

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Pennyroyal Farm is Anderson Valley’s only wine and cheese tasting room.  The estate vineyard includes 23 acres in Boonville, planted with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Pennyroyal Farm is committed to producing handcrafted wine and farmstead cheese. 

Pennyroyal Farm is a leader in producing handcrafted wine and farmstead cheese. Their award winning cheeses are produced exclusively from the milk of goats and sheep that are raised on this family farm. 

Daily Farm Tours are by reservation only and well worth it! 

Enjoy unparalleled food, wine and views on the wonderful outdoor patio.

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Spa, Pool, Lodge and Cabins
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Renewable Energy Education, Tours, Products, Snacks & Coffee & Tea. Offering Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle.
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Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation in Willits
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For wine lovers who want to learn about and buy Mendocino wines in a fun place to SIP! Enjoy our garden patio, taste 18 wines or a Mendocino brew.
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This is the first certified organic brewpub in the US and serves traditional pub fare ~comfort foods with a healthy twist, organic ales and lagers, live music and events
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Vichy Springs is a unique 157 year old historic hot springs resort, nestled in the countryside just east of Ukiah. Vichy offers the only naturally warm and carbonated mineral baths in North America
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A charter van service for wine tours, Airport, weddings, parties, events and sightseeing with a professional, knowledgeable staff.