Have you ever experienced a Redwood forest? Walking among Giant Redwoods is like entering a sheltered, cathedral-like enclave. They’re easy to find – Mendocino County has 13 Redwood parks. And they’re not hard to get to – 3 of the best are just a short drive from Fort Bragg.
Jackson State Forest
Located on the western edge of Mendocino County at Fort Bragg, Jackson State Forest is the heart of California’s coastal Redwood range. Only minutes from Fort Bragg you’ll discover a grove of old-growth Redwoods at Camp One’s day use area. The forest has trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and several campsites that accommodate people with horses, swimming, horseshoe pits and picnicking. There are also numerous trails situated in historically and ecologically interesting settings, such as the Waterfall Grove Trail and the Forest History Trail.
Getting there from Fort Bragg: From Highway 1 (also Main St) go east on Highway 20 to the 5.8 mile marker. Turn on Road 350 (there’s no sign). Go 3 more miles and you’re there.
For more information contact California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Jackson Demonstration State Forest, 802 North Main
Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (707) 964-5674
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve
Called the Redwood Shangri-La by Redwoodhikes.com, they explain the heart of this exceptional reserve is Montgomery Flat, one of the most scenic Redwood groves in existance. Not only is it a magnificent coastal Redwood grove it’s also a beautiful fern forest.
Getting there from Fort Bragg: Take Highway 1 south to the Comptche-Ukiah Road. The 1142 acre State Reserve will be located on both sides of the road, about thirty miles east of the town of Mendocino.
Hendy Woods State Park
This park features two virgin Redwood groves! Redwoodhikes.com explains that the park’s easy Discovery Loop takes you through the best part of Big Hendy Grove. Visiting the Redwood Hikes web site is a good way to plan your Redwood outing.
Getting there from Fort Bragg: The park is located on Greenwood Road, just off Highway 128, near Booneville. It takes less than 1 hour to get there from Fort Bragg. If you’re coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, take Highway 128 and you’ll pass right by.