Top Adventures in Mendocino

  • Hike Along Mendocino Cliffs Trail

    The town of Mendocino is as charming and quaint as one can find. It is no wonder why it was pegged as the perfect location spot to film the series Murder She Wrote. While the series heroine Jessica Fletcher's home can still be visited, it is the b...

    1.5 miles

  • Explore Big River Beach

    Make your way around the back of the Chevron on Main st. in town and just keep following the stairs down to the little trail that leads to the beach.  The beach is beautiful with soft sand. Dogs are allowed but please note they are supposed to be ...

  • Paddle Redwood Outrigger Canoes up Big River

    Big River is a 40 mile or so river in the heart of Mendocino and its first 8 miles form the largest undeveloped estuary remaining in California. It is home to some amazing wildlife from seals to jellyfish to the endangered California Coho Salmon, ...

  • Kayak Mendocino's Big River

    The Big River estuary in Mendocino Headlands State Park is one of those best of both worlds scenarios where dense Redwood forest and fresh, lazy river water meet rocky beaches and the mighty Pacific. If you're really lucky, you can swim with river...

  • Camp at Russian Gulch State Park

    Just two miles north of Mendocino, you'll find this beautiful, well-maintained park that features a little bit of everything. The campsite is situated between a rugged beach and a stunning 36-ft waterfall, giving you plenty of easy and fun options...

  • Hike Van Damme State Park

    The Fern Canyon Trail system is the main hiking vein of Van Damme State Park. This particular hike is on a mostly flat, wide trail through dense, green forest of California Redwoods, Cypress, Pines, and giant ferns. The trail is paved but typicall...

    7.5 miles 1654 ft gain

  • Explore Navarro Beach

    Northern California beaches are not your typical soft sand, warm water, grab a surf board type of spots. Of course when the weather is cooperating you can enjoy those activities as well! What makes this spot so special is how few people ever come ...

  • Sunset at Glass Beach

    Glass Beach is located at MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, CA along the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California. Take Elm street toward the beach and the parking lot entrance for glass beach will be located on the left at the bend. From...

  • Explore Mackerricher State Park

    Arrived an hour or so before sunset and had plenty of time to explore a ton of different things. Walked along the beach. We had it to ourselves mind you. Not another footprint in the sand. Strolled around the boardwalks out to the point. Walked do...

  • Camp at Camp Navarro

    Camp Navarro is located about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. This redwood getaway is nestled between branches of the North Fork of the Navarro River. Equipped with a lodge, coffee, shop, water and toilets, Camp Navarro allows you to escape from...

  • Northern Mendocino Camping and Surf Adventure

    I know it can be difficult to find access and opportunities to camp for free on the beach. Look no further, Blues Beach is off the beaten path and offers year round surf and free camping. It’s 200 miles North of San Francisco and a few miles North...

  • Hike Montgomery Woods State Nature Reserve Loop

    This is a great find. We saw it on the map it was on the way from Mendocino to our next stop, Napa Valley. So glad we took the time to visit. It is a small park with about a two mile loop hike in a valley floor loaded with huge redwoods and few pe...

    2 miles 150 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Mendocino, California

      Brewery Gulch Inn

      Spectacular windows frame postcard views of the pines and the surf beyond. Inside, the clean and contemporary Arts and Crafts style; the attention to detail; and the included meals incorporating lo...

      From $385/night

    • Little River, California

      Electra Suite

      Perched on the edge of the Pacific, just miles south of the village of Mendocino, the family-owned Little River Inn has been welcoming guests for five generations. Little River Inn offers guest roo...

      From $330.50/night

    • Willits, California

      Willits Koa

    • Ukiah, California

      Pomo Day Use Area

      Overview Pomo Day-Use Area is situated on Lake Mendocino in California's Mendocino Range, where the redwood forests meet California wine country.The lake is formed by the Coyote Dam on the Russian ...

    • Ukiah, California

      Chekaka Recreation Area Lake Mendocino

      Overview Chekaka Campground is closed indefinitely. Chekaka Recreation Area is situated on Lake Mendocino in California's Mendocino Range, where redwood forests meet wine country. The lake is...

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