How to Explore the Big River Trail in Mendocino

Experiencing the beauty of Highway 1 along the California coast is something many people have the top of their bucket list. When you visit our Cottages at Little River Cove, you’ll be staying right at this beautiful site, and you can even choose to book one of the 10 oceanfront cottages and wake up to one of the most spectacular views in the world. While you’re in the area, there are dozens of great things to do, but we highly recommend spending a day exploring the Big River Trail in Mendocino

As you begin planning your trip to the Mendocino area, don’t forget to download your copy of our complimentary Mendocino Itinerary. You’ll find all of the best information on our favorite things to do in the area, including hiking trails, restaurants, bars, and other outdoor activities. 

Our Favorite Things to Do Near the Big River Trail in Mendocino

Water Activities in the River

The Big River is a 41.7-mile freshwater river that runs along the coast of California through the beautiful area of Mendocino. In the warmer months, there are dozens of amazing outdoor activities for visitors and locals to participate in. You can explore the area by water when you rent a canoe or kayak! It’s the perfect way to see Mendocino from a new perspective!

Spend the Day at the Beach

One of the most popular things to do when visiting the Big River area in Mendocino is to spend time at Big River Beach. Although most of the region offers gorgeous beaches, the Big River Beach is perhaps one of the most recognized and sought after places to visit because of the beautiful views beneath the towering cliffs of Mendocino. You can head here for a walk and enjoy the scenery or find a nice spot to sunbathe for the day.

Explore the Big River Trail in Mendocino

Another great adventurous way to explore the area is by embarking on the Big River Trail in Mendocino. This trail is about 5.7 miles round trip and considered moderately difficult, which means that there will be some elevation gains and potentially more steep inclines. When you spend the day hiking through the trail, you’ll walk through a forest of redwoods and get unparalleled views of the river. This is a great way to spend the day enjoying the natural landscape while also getting some exercise and fresh air.

exterior of two story cottage in mendocino with balconyUnwind in Our Cottages at Little River Cove

After a long day of exploring and hiking the Big River Trail in Mendocino, head back to Little River, California, to enjoy a stay at our pet-friendly accommodations at Cottages at Little River Cove. Each of our adorable properties offers privacy and luxurious amenities such as views of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, private outdoor hot tubs, full kitchens, and outdoor patios. Select the cottage that suits your needs like the Jenner Cottage, which promises a relaxing sun deck, ocean views, a built-in fireplace and two stories!

Explore our other charming cottage options and book your getaway today!