Mendocino / Fort Bragg
Mendocino/Fort Bragg is home to a number of wonderful areas that are perfect for hiking and nature walks.
From Laguna Point to Ten Mile River is 10 miles round trip; shorter hikes possible
Extending from just north of the Fort Bragg city limits to Ten Mile River, this park offers the walker a chance to explore headlands and wetlands, sand dunes, forest and meadowland.
330 North Franklin Street, Suite 7 Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Join the Big River Docents for free Interpretive Walks at Big River! Walk participants will learn about the cultural history of Mendocino, the Big River Estuary, the birds and animals of Big River and redwood ecology while walking down the Main Haul Road, enjoying beautiful views of the river. These walks are free of charge and open to everyone!
MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals may be seen on the rocks off the park’s coastline. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal tidal lagoon. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching. The park is popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. Fishing is also popular at Cleone lake. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail.
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.
From Highway 1, take Ocean View Drive to Cliff Way.
The bluffs encompasses 25 acres of land on the southern bluffs above Noyo Bay. The park offers spectacular blufftop views with outlook points and benches, coastal pedestrian and bike trails, as well as interpretive exhibits.
This park is known for the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon, a headland that features the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and a beach that offers swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving and rock fishing. Inland, there is a 36-foot high waterfall. Hikers enjoy miles of hiking trails. The park also has a paved three-mile bicycle trail.
The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline.