Mendocino / Fort Bragg
Mendocino / Fort Bragg Area
The Mendocino District is comprised of 13 California State coastal parks that span the California coastline from Highway 101 at Cloverdale to Highway 128, and Five inland parks. Although the Mendocino coast is often cold and very dangerous, it attracts visitors to the area for its variety of ocean sports and the world renowned scenic beauty of its coastline and redwoods.
Camping and Campgrounds
Caspar Headlands State Beach — Day-use
Located two miles north of Russian Gulch, the Caspar Headlands is made up of miles of undeveloped, unspoiled beaches, two acres of headlands, and a panoramic ocean view. It's a great place for watching migrating gray whales.
Caspar Headlands State Reserve — Day-use
Located just three miles north of the town of Mendocino, the small three-acre reserve is home to a small strip of coastline that features sculpted rocks, wildflowers and surf.
Jackson State Forest Trails — Camping
For more info - 802 North Main Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (707) 964-5674
There are two main overnight camping areas with a number of campsites, including equestrian camps. There is no fee for camping. Campsites have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. There is no water at the campsites or day use areas. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Permits are required for overnight camping and group events, firewood cutting and mushroom harvesting. Hunting is allowed in season. No fishing is allowed per Department of Fish and Game rules.
Jughandle State Reserve — Day-use
Located one mile north of Caspar, the 769-acre reserve features a 2.5-mile nature trail called "The Ecological Staircase." The self-guided tour explores five terraces that were created by glacier, sea and tectonic activity.
MacKerricher State Park — Camping
24100 MacKerricher Park Road, Fort Bragg, CA (707) 964-8898
Located three miles north of Fort Brag on Hwy 1, the park's habitats vary from beaches, bluffs, headlands, dunes, forests and wetlands.
Mendocino Headlands State Park — Day-use
Mendocino, CA (707) 937-5804
Surrounding the town of Mendocino, the park features grass-covered headlands, a beach, and the mouth of the Big River.
Mendocino Woodlands Outdoor Center — Group Camping
Located seven miles inland from the village of Mendocino, the center offers three separate group facilities that are rented to groups who operate their own camps.
Russian Gulch State Park — Camping
Located two miles north of Mendocino, the park features the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon, a large collapsed sea cave called the Devil’s Punch Bowl, and a beach were visitors can swim, explore tidepools, skin dive and fish.
Van Damme State Park — Camping
8001 North Highway 1, Little River, CA (707) 937-5804
Located three miles south of Mendocino, the 1,831-acre park features beaches, the Fern Canyon scenic trail system, and the Pygmy Forest where mature cypress and pine trees grow from six inches to eight feet tall.
Inland Highway 101 Area Campgrounds
Hendy Woods State Park — Camping
Located eight miles northwest of Boonville on Philo-Greenwood Road, the park features 100 acres of virgin redwoods. In addition, the Navarro River runs through the park--making it a good area for steelhead and salmon fishing.
Maillard Redwoods State Natural Reserve — Day-use
Yorkville, CA 95494 (707) 937-5804
The purpose of Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve, in Mendocino County, is to preserve and protect, in an essentially natural condition, the coast redwood forest and associated wildlife habitat which occurs along the Garcia River and adjacent watersheds.
Montgomery Woods State Reserve — Day-use
Located 11 miles northwest of Ukiah on Comptche Rd., the reserve has 700 acres of redwoods. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the park’s many trails.
Navarro River Redwoods State Park — Camping
Highway 128, Elk, CA (707) 937-5804
Located on Hwy 128, the State Park contains the Paul Zimmick Campgrounds and the Navarro Beach. Some of the park's popular activities include: swimming, wading, kayaking and canoeing. Point Arena Area Campgrounds Gualala, Manchester, Point Arena
Standish-Hckey State Recreation Area — Camping
Laytonville-Leggett, CA (707) 925-6482
The area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles. One of the few virgin redwood stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail.
Inland Highway 101 Area Campgrounds
Manchester State Beach — Camping
44500 Kinney Rd, Manchester, CA (707) 882-2463
Located a ½ mile north of the town of Manchester on Hwy 1, the 760 acres of beach, dunes and grasslands stretch southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.
Located three miles south of Point Arena, the 70 acres of beach and headlands are popular for beachcombing and surf fishing.
Westport-Union Landing State Beach — Camping
Located two miles north of Westport, the area features two miles of beach, and is popular for ocean fishing, picnicking, tidepool exploring, abalone diving and spearfishing.
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