Discover California Redwood Forests in Sonoma County
Lose yourself in the magic of Sonoma County redwood forests via trails, forest baths, zipline thrills, cycling adventures, and horseback rides.
The serene, majestic beauty of California’s redwood forests recall the ancient landscapes that covered much of this part of Sonoma County before the 19th century, when the logging industry boomed.
Coast redwoods, or Sequoia sempervirens, are the tallest living things in the world, with some reaching more than 370 feet toward the sky. The giants also rank among the oldest things on the planet. They're capable of surviving for 2,000 years or longer, although the average life span is still an impressive 500 to 700 years.
Explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Trails
In Guerneville’s Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, immerse yourself in 805 acres of tranquil stands formed by these behemoth lifeforms. Marvel at staunch trunks that explode into needled greenery that’s almost wispy as boughs shudder in wind currents too high to feel on the ground.
The enchantment you’ll find here makes it easy to melt away into relaxation and get back to yourself among trails ranging from flat, mulch-lined pathways to steep uphill inclines. The Discovery Trail offers a wheelchair accessible pathway, interpretive panels in Braille, and tree-hugging platforms ensuring everyone can admire the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the redwood forest. There are also parts of the park you can drive through for a small fee, providing the opportunity to be amazed from the comfort of your car.
Find more California redwoods in Sonoma County at Stillwater Cove Regional Park.
Discover the Natural Wonder of Trione-Annadel State Park
At 5,092 acres, Trione-Annadel State Park has a lot to offer, including many, many redwood trees. Situated on the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, it's also home to a hilly terrain that overflows with natural wonders. Expect seasonal streams, lush meadows and grasslands, volcanic rock formations, and quiet northern-oak woodlands.
Hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and forest bathers can saturate themselves in nature with miles of trails where, in addition to redwoods, you’ll see California red-legged frogs, rare white fritillary flowers, and the Mayacamas Mountains. In spring and summer, the trail that runs near Lake Ilsanjo which is awash in brilliant wildflowers — pinks, purples, reds, and yellows swaying in gentle Sonoma County breezes. People who use wheelchairs will find an accessible horse-mounting platform at the Warren Richardson trailhead.
Zip Through the Tree Tops
Get as close as possible to the crowns of these sky-sweeping evergreens when you zipline through the forest with Sonoma Zipline Adventures. You'll take flight on cables from one aerial platform to the next, soaking up the mesmerizing views of cloud-streaked skies, deep ravines, and primeval woodlands as you go. At one point you'll even zip through an old-growth redwood forest whose trees are more than 700 years old. In total, the guided tour features seven zip lines, two sky bridges, a spiral staircase, a rappel, and, of course, the experience of submerging yourself in some of Sonoma County’s most beautiful scenery.
Pedal Past Idyllic Landscapes
Getaway Adventures can gear you up with bike rentals for taking in Sonoma County’s stunning natural sights from the saddle. The King Ridge route can help you check in and connect with your body. This challenging trek will have you well aware of your heartbeat as you cycle down steep grades called “intense” by locals. The route begins in Monte Rio and is featured in pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer's Gran Fondo.
For a more peaceful pedal, try the Bohemian Highway, one of the most scenic roads found anywhere in California. This 10-mile roadway winds through soaring redwoods, grassy pastures, rocky ravines, and three charming towns, each with a unique personality: Freestone, Occidental, and Monte Rio. Along the way, you can stretch your legs at organic farms and wineries, specialty nurseries, and charming local shops and restaurants.
Dream Sweet Forest Dreams
Let these soaring sentinels stand watch as you sleep and inspire your dreams at charming inns and lodges throughout Sonoma County.
In Guerneville, cute little 1920s Craftsman-style cabins, cottages, and bungalows nestle near the massive ruddy groves at The Grove at Dawn Ranch. Cozy up by a fireplace or do your morning yoga on the private deck before hopping on a complimentary cruiser bike to explore Armstrong Redwoods. The century-old family guest ranch also has two rare 70-year-old Dawn redwood trees growing on its 15-acre riverfront property.
Built in 1906, the Highland Dell Lodge helped cement Monte Rio's reputation as a vacation wonderland. With stunning views of redwoods and the Russian River, this charming historical property is ideal for letting go and reconnecting with yourself thanks to the perfect blend of modern amenities and lingering laid-back vibes from a past, less-digital, lifetime.
Sip Wine in the Shade
It’s no secret that wine tasting is a must when you visit Sonoma County.
Gorgeous redwood trees shade the outdoor deck at Korbel Champagne Cellars, the oldest continually operating champagne house in North America. Tour the winery and cellars, enjoy a complimentary tasting, or create your own food and wine pairing at the gourmet deli.
For a more personalized experience, make advance reservations for a private tour and tasting. Other west Sonoma County wineries that combine tasting with amazing views of redwoods include Moshin Vineyards, Porter Creek Vineyards, and Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery.
Swing Among the Trees at Northwood Golf Club
Tucked into the beautiful Russian River Valley and backdropped by evergreen giants, this par-36, nine-hole course was built in 1928. Designed by famed golf architect Alister MacKenzie, noted for his work at Augusta National and Cypress Point, and in collaboration with Robert Hunter, Northwood Golf Club is a delightful course known for its beauty and fun challenges. After playing a round or two for spectators of towering trees, unwind at the on-site restaurant, where you’ll find a redwood dining room, a spacious outdoor patio, and a bar.
Leave the Redwoods as Lovely as You Found Them
Our redwood forests are ancient and delicate. Make sure to leave them lovely for your return trips and future visitors by practicing Leave No Trace principles. Stick to trails, pack out trash any gifts your dog drops behind, take nothing but pictures, and definitely don’t leave any initials in the trunks of these mighty trees. With your help, we can keep these beauties and their unique ecosystems thriving.