The state of California is one of the most diverse in terms of land, structure and environment. The Mendocino region of northern California is a nature lover’s paradise. With an area of extreme ecological diversity, tourists and locals will be amazed at all the Mendocino things to do and see. To celebrate the region’s rich, natural beauty, one of the largest systems of state parks has been created to lure families and individuals.
The Caspar Headlands State Reserve and Beach
Located approximately 4 miles north of the town of Mendocino, BBonline recommends the Caspar Headlands State Reserve and Beach. Once a bustling lumber town, Casper is now an area of farms, ranches and summer homes. The land was once federally owned but given over to the state of California in 1912. Caspar Headlands State Reserve and beach is a perfect place to view the rugged beauty of the Mendocino Coast. Unfortunately camping is not allowed inside the reserve but an RV park is located near the entrance. The Caspar Headlands State Reserve and Beach is also within driving distance of any Mendocino Bed and Breakfast.
Greenwood State Beach
Located on Highway 1, just north of Point Arena, BBonline recommends stopping at Greenwood State Beach. The beautiful, picturesque coastline provides the perfect backdrop for photos or those that simply love to gave in awe at the natural features of the California coast. Beach access is permitted to those that wish to take a dip in the mighty pacific. Camping is not allowed however picnic areas exist making this a perfect spot for a family outing. Greenwood State Beach is also conveniently located near to any Mendocino Inn.
Hendy Woods State Park
South Mendocino County
For a camping experience your family will not soon forget, BBonline recommends Hendy Woods State Park. Although less that a 3 hour drive from the bustling metropolis of San Francisco and the chaos and crowds of the Bay area, this quiet and serene oasis of calm seems a million miles away. Equipped with over 97 camp sites the Hendy Woods State Park will combine a taste of nature with comfort. There are 25 picnic sites that sit at the banks of the Navarro River that guests are welcome to use. Reservations are recommended and can be made via Reserve America. For those not wishing to camp, Hendy Woods State Park is conveniently located near many of Mendocino’s Inns.
The Navarro River Redwoods State Park
For a stunning view of the Redwood Forests, BBonline recommends a drive through The Navarro River Redwoods State Park. Driving along highway 128 through the Anderson valley, visitors will soon come across the 11 mile stretch of road where the giant Redwood trees seem to form an impenetrable tunnel. Visitors with families are welcome to take advantage of the picnic facilities that are made available as well as swimming in the near by beach. Keep your eyes peeled for black tailed deer and kingfishers that make this state park their permanent home. The Navarro River State Park operates its own Camping facility but is also located near many of Mendocino’s Bed and Breakfasts.