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#1 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
You can walk down to the bluffs along the ocean, stroll through the Rhododendrons, meander through the Woodland gardens, delight in the Dahlias (June-August), enjoy the heaths, heathers, succulents and perennial g...
There are plains, forest areas, beach cliffs with wildlife views, lawns, sculpted garden areas with different varieties of plants, a beautiful vegetable garden, a nursery, and more.

B Bryan Preserve

Point Arena
#2 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
... an educational, tranquil, calming, and simply awesome experience!!! Thank you Frank and Judy and the rest of the hard working staff for bringing attention to these beautiful creatures for everyone to see
... feeding the gentle giants, how scratchy is a giraffe’s tongue :) Thank you for an unforgettable experience and best wishes to you in your continued important work in helping protect highly endangered species.
#3 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
Our travels up the coast were what we expected to find, breathtaking views of the shoreline, tiring and rejuvenating hikes through the dunes to the ocean, and refreshing drives through the redwoods.
A trip up the coast is a must, with very little traffic but very winding road and is a lovely change from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.The small towns are all different and worth a stop, from Bodega Bay...
#4 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
... would call cenotes , rugged cliffs, a wonderful little cove beach you can walk down ( but it is very steep-not for the faint of hear) , water sculpted arches and wild grasses that have many paths through them.
Located so close to the town of Mendocino (with its great shops and views), the headlands offer a fantastic network of trails suitable for any fitness level and desired length of walk.
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#5 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The Trail is easy to access, kid, bike, stroller, and wheelchair easy... Dog friendly, keep the furry kids on leash and bring your camera... Park at Glass Beach and hit the trail...Northern California coast is rug...
We stayed in Fort Bragg and our room was right next to the Fort Bragg Coastal trail - we took advantage every day and walked up to the state park and back and also down to the Glass Beach - Great views and the sal...
#6 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The Fern Gully to Falls Loop trail took us about 3 hrs, and toom us from rainforest richness to redwood majesty - plus the waterfall, complemnted by multiple little falls in the creek which parallels most of the t...
Russian Gulch has scenic overlooks at the mouth of the Russian Gulch Creek, a sinkhole along the headlands, a beach for kayakers to put in and trails up the Creek for hikers, bicyclists and horseback.
#7 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
This great (free for day use!) area has it all; beach walking, a nice boardwalk that passes by bluffs on the coast, tide pools and an area to watch harbor seals and California sea lions... and if you're lucky - wh...
Here’s the place to go to watch the ocean, the sea life, and feel the renewal of your soul!! Mackerricher State Park has the best views of the Pacific Ocean AND great places to sit and watch nature!
#8 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The park is great, located just across Highway 1 from Van Damme beach which is an easy launch for kayaking the local sea caves and rock gardens.
The Pygmy Forest has a guided boardwalk explaining why the forest trees species are different from the flora and fauna in the Canyon.
#9 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The views are spectacular, the flora & fauna abundant (we observed deer, ground squirrels & a kite on our short walk), but the real highlight are Robert & Katy....and the really engaging & entertaining story behin...
Once you make the walk, wear comfortable shoes from the parking lot out to the lighthouse, you will be awarded with great views and treated to some wonderful history along with a marine exhibit.
#10 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The park includes a nice walking trail that takes you along the tops of the bluffs along the Pacific, with gorgeous views around every bend.
Amazing access to the ocean and headlands and access to downtown Fort Bragg walking of biking.
#11 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
This could be the most peaceful places on earth...giant redwoods, a swimming hole on the Navarro River, peace and quiet, with vineyards, apple orchards and a brewery nearby.
This is a small but worth-wile stop or camping destination, for a 1- or 2-hours hike around the park; there's big and small groves, and a river adjacent to the park, and easily accessible.
#12 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The Gualala Regional Park is situated in a spectacular location, with stunning views of the magnificent Pacific Coast and the Gualala River.
The walk along the bluff and through the trees was beautiful, and the kids (8 & 11) had a blast playing on the beach in the driftwood huts.
#13 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
There are plenty of wineries in the valley that produce outstanding wines- primarily varietals such as chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.
First of all, it's a gorgeous area, with a lot of beautiful wineries and vineyards lined up along highway 128 within 5-10 minutes driving from each other.
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#14 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
For those with more time and ability to hike, there is an wonderful Ecological Staircase showing the changes in land over time with a pygmy forest on level 3, riparian forest on level 2 and coastal prairie on leve...
Great walk with geology lesson at the start; grassy fields that lead to the cliffs overlooking the rocky coastline

Big River

Mendocino
#15 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
Catch the river otters, harbor seals, California sea lions and blue herons, Easy chip sealed walking path sometimes a bit crowded on a few weekend each year.
The hiking along the river is fantastic, there were kayak rentals, but I opted for the hike that followed the river, so the scenery was the same as if I had paddled.
#16 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The hike itself is short, doable, brings you amongst the amazing trees, lovely babbling brooks, perfect serene presence of the majestic trees!
Was a great option to better appreciate the nature and awe inspiring sequoias, 100 meter tall trees, natural surroundings, creeks and lots of nice creatures, including lots of newts (please watch your step as they...
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Glass Beach

Fort Bragg
#17 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
Powerful surf and winter storms soon turned that glass and porcelain into ocean-polished gems, and at its height, Glass Beach was a breath-taking expanse of jewels and transformed ceramics.
From here, there are paved trails for walking/biking going South to Noyo Harbor/Pomo Bluffs Park, and North to MacKerricker State Park, camping, board-walk to seal watching, a trail around Lake Cleone (walk only),...
#18 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
You can spend the day or any part of the day, hiking the Stornetta lands adjacent to the Lighthouse grounds with beautiful views of the Ocean, Seals, and other Marine wildlife.
It's BIG, accessible to walk and enjoy the breathtaking rock formations, cliffs and of course the view of lighthouse only a short distance further on.
#19 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
There are great views from the windshield if that is all you want, but the trails provide wonderful panoramas of the sea, headlands, wildlife, and marine traffic at Noyo harbor.
Wonderful view from this location of the craggy cliffs and rough surf from the storm!

Manchester Beach

Point Arena
#20 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
The beach of Manchester State Park runs ~4 miles from the Garcia River down by Point Arena up to Alder Creek (there's a nice map you can download from the California State Parks website).
It is a wonderful beach with an awesome view of the Point Arena Lighthouse.
#21 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
... with our kids frolicking in the shallow parts of the water, walking a bit to the side by the big rocks and cliff side to find little "caves" and just to enjoy nature at its humble but awe-inspiring simplicity.
The Wesley Chesbro Pudding Creek Trestle crossing the creek since 1916 is worth walking across as it is easy to access for anyone right near the parking area.
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#22 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
This site is so unique that it deserves expanded parking, better signage and a safer trail from the cliffs to the beach.
When you park at Schooner Gulch Beach, insure you take the trail at the far north end of the roadside parking space.
#23 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
I like this place and found the nearby hills to be beautiful and full of wild flowers, the swimming pool area to be quiet and relaxing, and the grassy quad to be perfect for picnics and naps during day.
... and my skin was so soft they really are healing Baths when it’s quiet early in the morning and the deer are running around eating the grass it’s just peaceful and wonderful one of my favorite places on earth J...
#24 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
This trail is well maintained and gorgeous views!
We loved everything about our trip to the Sea Ranch area.
#25 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
This was our family road trip to this beautiful redwood tree forest.This is one of the 3 last left Redwood trees forest in world.If you love forest, giant trees and nature, this place should not be missed if you a...
#26 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
I was a bit worried about staying in an RV park, but all of the State campgrounds were booked, so we bit the bullet and chose Gualala.
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Noyo Beach

Fort Bragg
#29 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
Great for dogs.
#30 of 57 Nature & Parks in Mendocino County
Russian River East of the boat ramp exit off of Hyw 20 Past the boat ramp are nice picnic areas with swimming try Bouchay