Here’s Why You Need to Explore Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Take a stroll through some of the tallest trees you’ve ever seen, and experience Mendocino Woodlands State Park on Little Lake Road. This National historic landmark is a great way to spend a day with nature. There are a variety of ways to be active in the great outdoors during your visit to the park, whether it’s hiking a trail, admiring a peaceful meadow, or taking a dip in a swimming hole. 

Before you lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails, make sure you access our complimentary Mendocino Itinerary. We’ve created a handy tool to help you plan your days in Mendo, including everything from where to eat to where to catch a colorful sunset. 

Hiking Trails in the Mendocino Woodlands

Trek along any of 47 hiking trails in the Mendocino Woodlands. It’s one of the best ways to stretch your legs and get in a good workout after a road trip to Mendocino. Travel the Big Tree Trail and Old Jeep Trails leading to The Big Tree, which is the remaining old-growth redwood. It’s an interesting sight to see because it has scarring from lightning strikes!

Some other trails that are worth checking out are the Nature Trail and the Fern Gully Trail, which runs along the Little North Fork.  Or, try the Eagle’s Roost Trail and Marsh Creek Trail. Those paths both stem off from the Little North Fork. Please do take note that pets are not allowed in the park, though, if you are traveling with dogs.

More Daytime Activities in Mendocino Woodlands

Mendocino Woodlands State Park is home to gorgeous meadows, perfect for nature-viewing, photography, and weddings!

You can also explore the park with some geocaching, which involves using an app in search of hidden objects throughout the forest.

Or, test your luck with a peaceful day of fishing in the many lakes and rivers! There’s also a great swimming hole in the park if you’re looking to take a dip! 

Mendocino Woodlands is a  great place to bring the whole family and is perfect for large group retreats, or private group camping. 

Learn About Mendocino Wildlife and History

The historical and cultural site has a variety of exhibits and programs to help inform about the history of the Mendocino Woodlands, as well as the wildlife you might spot. 

The Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association offers outdoor environmental education to groups. After all, the best way to learn about the redwood forests is through hands-on activity!

Unwind in the Perfect Mendocino Accommodations

Relax after a day of adventuring the Mendocino Woodlands, and recharge your energy at Cottages at Little River Cove. Our rentals are conveniently located near the ocean so that you can wake up to a gorgeous sight as you sip on your morning coffee or tea on your private deck.

Choose Cottages at Little River Cove for your family gatherings, staff retreats, and group retreats. Our property has a fantastic meeting room with an ocean view. It’s the best place for group gatherings because we offer you fresh, local catering packages, photography packages, flower arrangements, music and entertainment for parties, as well as team-building activities!

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