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Beaches

Breathtaking California beaches, rugged Pacific coastline, Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), and picturesque villages – Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, The Sea Ranch, and Gualala – are all part of the Sonoma Coast. The more than 55 miles of shoreline that make up Sonoma County’s western border is rugged, dramatic, and scenic – yet approachable. It's perfect for relaxing at the beach for the day, taking a hike, camping, or planning a romantic, private picnic. Wear layers; early-morning fog can burn off to reveal bright, blue skies. Get a free Visitors Guide and Map.

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Bluff Top Coastal Access Trail in The Sea Ranch
40101 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

The Bluff Top Trail winds 3 miles one way from Gualala Point Regional Park to the Walk On Beach Trail. The trailhead at Gualala Point is a dirt path branching off from the paved trail south of the…

Black Point Coastal Access Trail in The Sea Ranch
35050 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

The quarter-mile Black Point Trail is the southernmost of the six Sea Ranch public access points. It is also the longest beach among the access trails. Black Point Beach is a sandy shore that…

The arched rock as seen from Blind Beach
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450
South of Jenner is Blind Beach with a great view of the arched rock. It’s a long narrow beach that is great for beachcombing and fishing. About one mile south of the Russian River Bridge, turn onto…
Jenner Beach
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.
Stengel Beach Coastal Access Trail in The Sea Ranch
37900 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

A trail that is .12 miles one way and leads to a small beach reached via a steep staircase. Look for seasonal waterfalls from a stream spilling over the bluff. This is the largest parking lot of…

Fisk Mill Cove
Highway 1 and Kruse Ranch Road, Jenner, CA 95450
Fisk Mill Cove is a day use area of Salt Point State Park that provides picnickers with paved parking, picnic tables, small upright barbeques, restrooms, and drinking water. Additionally, the bishop…
Harbor Seals at Goat Rock Beach
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450
Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home…
Shell Beach Coastal Access Trail
39200 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of Gualala. Trails start at Highway 1 parking areas and cross bluff-top meadows and forests…

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