Bodega Bay, California

Bodega Bay, California, is a top spot for outdoor adventures, offering some of the best trails and outdoor activities. The Bodega Head Trail is a must-visit, featuring a 1.7-mile loop with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, migratory whales, and various bird species. The trail is of moderate difficulty, making it accessible for most. Another highlight is the Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, a 1.9-mile hike with unique rock formations and a secluded beach. Doran Regional Park is an attraction near the location, offering a 2-mile stretch of sandy beach, ideal for picnicking, bird-watching, and fishing. Whether you're a hiker, birder, or beachgoer, Bodega Bay has something to offer.

Top Spots in and near Bodega Bay

  • Monte Rio, California

    Monte Rio Community Beach

    Monte Rio Community Beach is located in the Sonoma County town of Monte Rio. The beach nestles up to the Russian River offering a great chance for families to kick back and relax by the water or bring your kayak or stand-up paddle board for fun on the water. Dog-Friendly: Monte Rio Community Be...
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  • Inverness, California

    McClures Beach

    1.44 mi / 243 ft gain
    This beach is really easy to get to. Just follow Pierce Point Road until you see the sign to the beach. It's an easy hike down from the parking lot.  There is very little shade, so make sure to bring some sunscreen. Be extremely cautious with getting into the water. There is likely underwater cu...
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  • Inverness, California

    Tomales Point Trail

    4.7
    9.47 mi / 1165 ft gain
    This hike will take you through the Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes Nation Seashore, and offers fantastic views of Bodega and Tomales Bay, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Start at the Tomales Point Trailhead near the Historic Pierce Point Ranch. Follow the trail for roughly three miles. This trai...
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  • Marshall, California

    Kayak Tomales Bay

    5.0
    Kayak Beautiful Tomales bay and experience the bioluminescence ecology of the bay. Timed during the lowest crescent of the moon, and starting around sunset, you will paddle into the sunset and wait until it is completely dark, continuing on around the bay to experience the bio-luminescence natur...
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  • Guerneville, California

    Johnson's Beach

    Johnson's Beach is a public beach located on the Russian River in Guerneville, California. 
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  • Sebastopol, California

    Thistle - Creek Loop

    5.0
    1.45 mi / 69 ft gain
    The Thistle - Creek Loop is a loop trail at Ragle Ranch. This trail is used for hiking and running and offers some cover/shade as well as great views of foliage especially in the fall months. This trail is located near Sebastopol, California. 
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  • Sebastopol, California

    Ragle Ranch Extended Loop

    5.0
    1.86 mi / 82 ft gain
    Ragle Ranch Extended Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Sebastopol, California
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  • Sebastopol, California

    Ives Park

    4.0
    Ives Park is the oldest park in Sebastopol, California, and is located only 2 blocks from downtown Sebastopol. The park has many picnic tables with barbecues, a baseball diamond, a playground, and a community pool. Amenities: Parking for the park is on the street surrounding the park. There is ...
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  • Forestville, California

    Sunset Beach River Park

    4.0
    Sunset Beach River Park is located off River Road in Forestville, California. The beach offers up picturesque views of the Russian River and is a great spot to end your float if starting at Steelhead Beach. The Beach: The beach is about a quarter of a mile walk from the parking area. Keep this ...
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  • Sebastopol, California

    Laguna de Santa Rosa Loop Trail

    4.0
    3.95 mi / 115 ft gain
    Laguna de Santa Rosa Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Sebastopol, California.
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  • Forestville, California

    Canoe the Russian River via Forestville

    5.0
    Starting at Burke's Canoe in Forestville, CA this is a 10-mile self-guided canoe trip down the Russian River.  You can rent your canoe from Burke's and launch from their beach.  Burke's will also pick you up 10 miles down-river and shuttle you back to their parking lot.This canoe trip features lo...
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  • Guerneville, California

    East Ridge - Pool Ridge Loop

    4.5
    3.37 mi / 810 ft gain
    This park most resembles Muir Woods, and if you're looking to get out of the tourist trap, head to Armstrong Redwoods and make a day of it. This 3-mile hike takes off from the sign pointing to East Ridge Trail. As you begin a slight climb up the trail, you'll be under the cover of the redwoods, s...
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  • Forestville, California

    Mother's Beach ("Mom's Beach")

    4.0
    Mother's Beach, known locally as Mom's Beach, is located in Forestville, California. This beach is a hidden gem situated on the scenic Russian River, between Steelhead Beach and Sunset Beach.  Dog Friendly: Mom's Beach is a great spot to bring your pup on a leash.  Times of Operation: The bea...
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  • Forestville, California

    Steelhead Beach

    Steelhead Beach offers two great spots to access the river. There's a small beach on the right-hand side of the beach (south end) and a launch site on the left (north end) of the beach. The launch point makes for a great spot to start your float down the river. Make sure you have a shuttle car or...
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  • Inverness, California

    Marshall Beach Trail

    5.0
    2.41 mi / 305 ft gain
    Marshall Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Inverness, California.
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