Outdoor Activities in Sonoma County

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Connect with the land in Sonoma County, one of California’s most diverse natural destinations. More than 60 regional and state parks beckon travelers to hike through redwood forests, paddle along the coast or down rivers, or just sit down and enjoy the sounds of nature.

More daring explorers may opt to zip line with Sonoma Canopy Tours. Check out our guides to outdoor activities, cycling, hiking, camping, and backpacking in Sonoma County.

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leave no trace logo in 200Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Health & Safety Update: As temperatures rise in Sonoma County, so does the risk of potentially harmful algal blooms in water environments, such as the Russian River. Currently, there are educational health advisories in place and the Russian River is open to visitors. Should conditions change to support the growth of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), information will be posted on the County webpage along with recommended health precautions. Information will be updated as needed. Learn more here.

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Jenner Visitors Center Boat Ramp Photo
10451 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450

Where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Owned by the state of California and run by the parks department, this launching area has a visitors center and leads into the Russian River.

Jenner Beach Photo
11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

On the north side of the mouth of the Russian River is Jenner Beach. There are a few steep paths that lead down to this driftwood-covered beach.

Vista Point Overlook Photo
14046 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Vista Point is the northernmost point of the 17-mile long Sonoma Coast State Park located 4 miles north of Jenner. There is no beach access, simply a gorgeous view along the one-mile long hiking…

Surfing on the Northern California coast Photo
17191 Bodega Highway, Bodega, CA 94922

There’s only one way to start surfing, bodyboarding, or skimming… get the right gear, and get out there. We rent surfboards, body boards, super good wetsuits, and skim boards for $16.95, for 24…

Sandy Cove Beach at Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo
19005 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Sandy Beach Cove lies below Fort Ross. The principal port of the settlement remained 19 miles to the south at Port Rumiantsev (Bodega Bay). There was frequent travel and transport of goods between…

The view from Shell Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Shell Beach Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Shell Beach is a favorite location for beachcombing and tidepooling. Stewards' School Group Tide Pool Education Program offers docent-led tour tidepool tours for schools as an outdoor classroom for…

Salt Point State Park Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Just below the visitor center in Salt Point State Park you will find the rocks beach called Gerstle Cove. No fishing is allowed in this area because the waters in Gerstle Cove are protected by Gerstle…

Jenner Headlands Preserve Photo
12001 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Jenner Headlands is a spectacular 5,630-acre mosaic of redwood and Douglas fir forests, oak woodland, chaparral, and coastal prairie overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The property adjoins Pacific Coast…

Kortum Trail Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Take a lesser-traveled hike along the Pacific coast, right when nature begins to bloom. The Kortum Trail connects Wright’s Beach in the south to Blind Beach in the north, which is about 4.6 miles…