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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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A nature reserve that boasts soaring redwood trees.
17020 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446-9587
+1 707-869-2015
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visiting from the UK and taking our children to California for the first time we were determined to show them the Redwoods. Our tight schedule did not allow to go to Muir Woods where I had visited before while the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite had...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid the ridiculously cheap parking fee to drive up to a parking lot. It was pretty busy so we headed up a walk that was a bit more steep. It quickly gets quiet when you get away from the crowd, and is a really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Beth_sage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An opportunity to walk among giant redwoods near the California Coast. Priceless, humbling and a bucket list item for all. Park for free just outside the booth and simply walk in at no charge.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CaliforniaExplored
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During the period of the US Govt shutdown, was unsure of the availability of places like nearby Muir Woods, etc - we sought another option. This place hit the mark completely. Bigger and older Redwoods than those in Muir and it afforded our group a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I hadn't been here in years so we visited with some friends while in the area. Beautiful old growth redwood grove with easy hiking trails. You can park at the entrance without a fee and the trails start right there, or you can pay a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank danielgale
Reviewed January 16, 2019

This 805-acre Armstrong Reserve is adjacent to the much larger Austin Creek State Recreation Area (1,700 acres). The Reserve features hundreds of towering redwoods, with hiking trails providing easy access. Particularly notable are two trees: 1) the Parson Jones redwood, 310' tall, estimated at 1,300...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

My husband and I took a day away from the vineyards to do a bit of hiking. This park is an easy, scenic drive from Healdsburg. We hiked along the top of the ridge flanking the park then took the trail down into the valley....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Girltrip50
Reviewed December 30, 2018

This park offers easy walks plus more involved hikes. Note that redwoods are only in the valley. When you climb out of the valley on one of the many trails, you will meet a different type of vegetation.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wolfhomma
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

This is really a great place to take a mild hike. You feel so connected with the Redwoods. This park isn’t publicly funded so please drop a buck or two in the donation box, it is so worth it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank robbiel16
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Not crowded, bigger trees and you can visit quaint Guerneville on the Russian River. You may want to combine the trip with a visit to Sebastopol. A town like none other. Take a stroll down Main Street, visit the Barlow and make certain to go...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 10, 2019|
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Response from MnSteve57 | Reviewed this property |
Like the others, I’ve not been to Big Basin. Armstrong, followed by a coastal drive is great!
December 11, 2018|
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Response from drastler | Reviewed this property |
We don't get snow. I would also suggest Muir woods from SF It can be very crowded - so go early If you happen to be going to Sonoma for wine tasting then go to Armstrong if you want to see some nice redwoods. easier to get... More
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October 28, 2018|
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Response from MnSteve57 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Angie, Guernville is about a 30 minute drive from Santa Rosa. I don’t know if there is any public transportation. It may be essiest and cheapest to rent a car for the day. You could probably get an Uber but that might... More
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Hello, We're a family of 4 - 2 adults 2 children (ages 8 & 10). We will be in the Bay area in March next year. I have a good idea of what we want to see in in SFO. However we have some additional days and this is what I've put together. Would love if people could point me in the right direction. We are a fairly active family and like full days. We like the outdoors. Not looking for wineries or museums. Thanks for your help Day 1 : SFO Day 2 : SFO Day 3 : Napa (This is to meet up with my...More
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Just FYI...SFO is the designation for the San Francisco International Airport, which is about 13 miles south of the city of San Francisco. (Don't confuse us <grin>. We assume you are not going to spend two days there.)