Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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A nature reserve that boasts soaring redwood trees.
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  • Arty_mom
    Rochester Hills, Michigan2,269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly and accessable trails
    Beautiful park. well maintained trails. The 2.5 miles that we walked were so serene, full of plant markers, nature info, and places to stop and rest. Trails are pretty flat and wide, so they accommodate strollers, walkers, wheelchairs and families. You can see the damage from the fires along with the new growth. i highly recommend making a day trip here.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • TheTravelFishes
    New York133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible to see in person.
    Absolutely breathtaking stroll through the redwoods. Seeing trees that are 1,300-1,400 years old is just incredible. Can walk through nicely marked trails or drive through. Employee at the ranger station was very friendly and helpful.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • ScottD58
    Kirkland, Washington1,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just in Awe
    Need a little rejuvenation? You’ll find it here. Just in Awe of these majestic monsters, some thousands of years old! Park in the entrance lot for a reasonable fee and walk the trails, breath the fresh air, be in awe of nature and admire their greatness knowing they are susceptible to climate change and bare the scars of recent wildfires.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
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Caroline L
Los Angeles, CA2,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Such a great way to spend some time. The entrance is only $10 per car and the scenery here is stunning! The redwoods tower 300+ feet and it’s a sight to behold. We arrived later in the day around 6pm and felt like we had the place mostly to ourselves. It’s so peaceful and serene in the reserve. Would love to come back to do a hike.
Written May 3, 2022
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Drew K
Ballwin, MO895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A fabulous place - please visit if you are in the area. After unsuccessfully trying to get a reservation through Muir Woods impenetrable website we chose the Armstrong Redwood State reserve after hearing a piece on the excellent APP Hear Here. It is located in Sonoma Wine country near the mouth of the Russian River. The hiking is easy and the trees magnificent. It also contains an extensive picnic area and a small campground. It's amazing to see how these amazing trees survived fire damage hundreds of years old.
Written March 12, 2022
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jsilverman83
Oakland, CA375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco, is beautiful, but Armstrong Redwoods blows it out of the water! The sheer density of huge redwoods and beautiful forest makes this spot a can't-miss if you're at all near the area. There are a bunch of moderate-to-difficult hikes with some decent elevation changes. There are some long, but mostly flat and fairly easy hikes. There are some accessible hikes that are short, flat, and still go by some of the biggest trees in the grove. And there is even a paved road that goes quite far into the reserve and has multiple turnouts and parking lots that are right among the trees.
Written July 26, 2020
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markdu2017
Orangevale, CA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Very easy hiking, well maintained trails that wind through some pretty impressive redwoods. Unfortunately, due to fire, the trails outside the park in the Austin Creek Rec Area are closed.

They have a nice little visitor center/ store.

Parking is no longer free in the lot outside the kiosk, it’s $10 unless you park on the road outside the park boundary.
Written November 19, 2021
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Rebecca P
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is a great place to talk a walk by yourself or with others. I have visited it many times and am always impressed by the beauty, The trails are well maintained and there are good descriptions along the way. There are good photo opportunities set against huge trees. Admission is free unless you park beyond the entrance but there is parking available just outside of the entrance. It is good though to consider giving a small donation to help with maintenance.
Written April 28, 2022
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Anne689
Livermore, CA289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
A great place to spend half a day. The short trails are well maintained and well marked providing information about the park and the redwoods. Lovely place to enjoy a picnic amidst the beauty of the reserve. The outdoor theater would be a great place to see entertainment. Well worth the $10 entrance fee to drive in. However, parking is free outside the gate by the Visitor Center.
Written March 5, 2020
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kim R
Oviedo, FL63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
We had a nice visit. It was a relatively short drive from Healdsburg and a nice break from the wineries. We arrived at 9:00am and by the time we left more people arrived. I especially enjoyed the forest when it was empty so I didn’t have to pull up my mask. The park was clean and the trails were soft and easy to walk.
Written July 10, 2020
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Richard K
Washington DC, DC241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A very spectacular park, Armstrong Redwood Reserve is a CA state park. It's beautifully maintained, and has interesting natural history markers placed around the paths. Parking on site is convenient, and right inside the park, so you're not having to walk to find the sights after parking your vehicle. Rather, you drive right through the park to the parking area.

The visit is interesting, not only because of the enormous trees themselves, but examples of fire damage and recovery that are visible, and explained by placards along the trails.

We arrived early in the morning, and the park was exquisitely quiet and serene. Later on, more people arrived, and while not noisy, there were voices and people along the trails, which was a bit less serene.

The drive to the park from Healdsburg was scenic as well.

A large, lovely park in which to commune with nature.
Written December 15, 2022
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Martha W
Exeter, NH341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
An area of quiet beauty. You pay $10 per car ($9 if 62 or better) to walk amount the redwoods. The pathways are well marked and flat. There are a few information signs and you can pick up,so,e additional information at the visitor center.

Plan on 30-60 minutes.
Written May 5, 2022
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Bob M
Santa Rosa, CA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I live in Santa Rosa, about 30 minutes from Armstrong, and during this time of shelter in place, this is my GO TO place to get some fresh air. It's not a huge park, and, fortunately, many people don't know about its beauty, so, except for weekends and holidays, it is seldom crowded. Just sitting amongst these gentle giants, many of which are over 300' tall, is an experience in serenity. The redwood grove is easily accessible, with well maintained trails, most of which are wheelchair accessible. I recently had knee replacement surgery, and I have no problem on my walks. Dogs are permitted on the paved portions. If you come after it starts raining in the winter, there is a nice waterfall on Fife Creek which is a relatively easy hike. There are also fungi and wildflowers. Just closing my eyes, I can smell the FRESH AIR THERE! The visitor center is closed right now, but if you go after it opens, it's small, but information packed. The staff in the park are great and will answer ALL your questions; just ask at the entrance kiosk. (Locals tip: If you like Mexican food, the taco truck in front of Safeway downtown is well worth a stop. Just about every time I go to the park, which is weekly, I get lunch at the truck.)
Written July 20, 2020
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