Preview the New Carrington Coast Ranch Park on the Sonoma Coast
Take in sweeping views of the Sonoma Coast from these 335 rolling acres recently transferred to Regional Parks from Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. This property, known as Carrington Coast Ranch, will eventually open to the public as a regional park and open space preserve just north of Bodega Bay and Salmon Creek. On park preview days, the public is invited to enjoy a self-guided hike on the property and learn more about the master planning process that will result in the park’s permanent opening. At that time, the park will provide a critical segment of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail and link to public lands to the north and south.
Carrington Coast Ranch hosts a diversity of natural habitats, including coastal prairie, coastal scrub, freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and tidal marsh. Several special-status species, such as the Townsend big-eared bat, California red-legged frog, and American badger have been identified on the property. The ranch is primarily open grassland, which affords spectacular views of the ocean, and sequesters carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change, ensuring this area will adapt to sea level rise. The future park and open space preserve will provide a critical segment of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail and link to public lands to the north and south. The development of public trails on the Carrington property will provide a safe route for hikers, cyclists and equestrians between Marshall Gulch and Salmon Creek.
Just north of Bodega Bay, the ranch is bordered by Sonoma Coast State Park to the west, a private ranch to the north, Salmon Creek to the south and a private property, also protected by an Ag + Open Space conservation easement, to the east. The Carrington property contains a homestead dating from before 1860, which consists of a residence, shed, sheep barn, and Monterey cypress trees.
Before the park can open for regular public access, the Regional Parks are providing these opportunities for the public to periodically access the park and preserve.
Due to limited parking, a passenger shuttle will transport you from the Bodega Bay Community Center at scheduled departure times. Parks staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions before and after your self-guided exploration. Current health protocols will be followed. Onsite private vehicle accommodations can be arranged in advance for visitors with Disabled Person placards or license plates. Registration is required for this event. The cost is $5 per person in county and $7 out of county. For more information, contact John Ryan at [email protected].