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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
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Reviewed 3 days 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 4 days ago

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
Thank Marty F
Reviewed 5 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

When we mentioned red wood most people would think of Sequoia National Park. While we were in Windsor, CA; one place that most people recommended to us was Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. It is not a large reserve but you definitely will see lots of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank d2s1c2j
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

You can park on rt side lot (free, but I give $ in donations area) Dogs are welcome but stay off trails.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sabrinaf769
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

The sequoia trees here are impressive. There are several short hikes which provide easy walks, and interpretive signs explaining not only the redwoods, but also history, animals, etc. Check out the visitors centrum as well. It is small, but really interesting. Drive into the park...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Jan-Tiny
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Ample parking in the lot on the Tuesday afternoon we were there. Just a short walk to the well marked trails that guide you through a beautiful "cathedral" of nature. It was so peaceful and serene with wonderful smells of pine in the air. We...More

Date of experience: October 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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