Mendocino and Sonoma Counties

Montgomery Woods, Hendy Woods, and Armstrong Redwoods


Parks with old-growth redwood trails

***** Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

Hidden in a remote, steep-sided valley within this reserve is one of the world’s most beautiful redwood groves. The lush, sheltered enclave contrasts strikingly with the surrounding oak savannah and contains a tree that was once considered the world’s tallest.

**** Hendy Woods State Park

Situated among the apple orchards and vineyards of the Anderson Valley, this quiet park has a superb and surprisingly large alluvial-flat grove that is midway between the northern and southern redwood parks in both location and appearance.

*** Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Armstrong Redwoods has a very attractive grove that lines the access road to the Colonel Armstrong Tree. The rest of the park, including most of the trails, is less attractive, with a dense understory of tanoak and huckleberry and a rather arid appearance. The park is connected to the very scenic Austin Creek Recreation Area and is within the popular Russian River resort area.

* Grove of the Old Trees

Located just west of the appealing little town of Occidental and the scenic Bohemian Highway, this tiny ridgetop grove has about a mile of trails and a few moderately large trees but, as might be expected for an upland grove, most of the redwoods are small.

Parks with no trails

* Navarro River Redwoods State Park

Navarro River Redwoods State Park is a narrow corridor of second-growth redwoods along Highway 128, just west of Hendy Woods. It’s a nice drive but there aren’t any trails.

* Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Malliard Redwoods is a patch of old-growth redwood upland. There are no trails in this park and really nothing of interest other than the mid-sized redwoods that can be seen from the road.

* Admiral William Standley State Natural Reserve

This tiny, little-known park has a rather mundane-looking redwood grove with small to mid-sized redwoods. The park doesn’t have any trails or other facilities.



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