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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.