As Highway 128 winds among the vineyards, sheep ranches, and orchards in the most picturesque part of the Anderson Valley, a dark and remarkably tall stand of redwoods can be seen in the distance, rising high over an apple orchard. This is Hendy Woods, a small park by the Navarro River. With its exceptionally nice alluvial-flat redwood grove and its scenic setting, Hendy Woods is a real pleasure to visit.
Hendy Woods’s main attraction is Big Hendy, an 80-acre lowland redwood grove in a bend of the Navarro River. Big Hendy’s trees are huge and quite spectacular, with the cathedral-like appearance of the best groves, although with an unusually dense understory of tanoak and laurel. Underneath the trees is a remarkably plush groundcover of sorrel and trefoil.
The centerpiece of Hendy Woods, this walk winds through a maze of trails in a large, spectacular lowland redwood grove.
Little Hendy is much smaller and less attractive, but it’s right next to the campground. Outside Little Hendy, this hike mostly runs through rather ordinary-looking woods dominated by small broadleaf trees.
Hendy Woods' popular and spacious campground is on a wooded rise between the Big and Little Hendy groves.
Just three miles from Hendy Woods, Indian Creek has a small walk-in campground under some old-growth redwoods.
Near Big Hendy is an attractive day-use area with a few picnic benches, shaded by an oak tree, in a field with views of the oak-dotted hills across the valley. From there you can also walk down to the river, which is actually more popular than the redwood grove.
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