Explore the Outdoors of Mendocino County
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Forests of Mendocino County

Trees, Trees, Trees - Mendocino County has lots of beautiful trees!

From coniferous rain forests to grassy rolling oak hillsides and from the largest trees in the world to the smallest - Mendocino County has trees of all shape and sizes.

Here are a few favorite spots to see the forest and the trees.


Hiking Fern Canyon Trail in Van Damme State Park. Photo by June Ruckman

Van Damme State Park

Check out 2 of Mendocino County’s special forests in one stop. Van Damme State Park’s Fern Canyon Trail is a lush with ferns, redwood trees, western hemlocks, douglas firs, and a creek that runs year round. At the top of the trail (or you can access it from the top of the ridge), is a Pygmy Forest with trees that are over 100 years old but under 20 feet tall.

Photo by Jerry Albright

Photo by Jerry Albright

Hendy Woods

Hendy Woods is located along the Navarro River in Anderson Valley and is a great stop if you are driving Highway 128 . Hendy Woods has some gigantic redwood trees on an easy access trail. It is also a great spot for a picnic lunch.


Montgomery Woods. Photo by June Ruckman

Montgomery Woods

Montgomery Woods is located west of Ukiah. It has a stand of old growth redwood trees that include several of the largest trees in the world. It is a magical place.


Redwood forest walking distance from downtown Fort Bragg.

Otis Johnson Park

Otis Johnson Park is conveniently located right on the northeastern edge of Fort Bragg. It is a great spot to see a redwood forest and go for a walk or picnic.

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Pygmy Forest

The pygmy forest is a unique ecosystem to the Mendocino Coast. Many of the trees in the pygmy forest are over 100 years old but are under 20 feet tall. The pygmy forest is quite a contrast to our gigantic redwoods.

Guide’s Tip - Check out the pygmy forest in late April and early May when the rhododendrons are blooming. Also take care to stay on the path and boardwalks as this is a delicate ecosystem.