Exploring Mendocino County from Little River: Suggested Day Trips

Mendocino County, in Northern California, is a great place to explore. Only a couple of hours from the San Fransisco Bay area, the county is a relaxing, serene place to unwind. There are miles of rugged coastline, beautiful beaches, forest, villages and wilderness areas.

Anderson Valley Wine Tour

You can enjoy a day of wine tasting on the Anderson Valley Wine Tour. Lunch, tasting fees and even transportation is provided. The tour includes small lesser-known wineries as well as well known labels. Anderson Valley is beautiful and this tour really showcases that beauty. Ride along in the comfortable, 14-passenger van that will pick you up and drop you off at your Little River Bed and Breakfast. Pickup is around 10:00 a.m. and you can expect to be back around 4:00 p.m. You must be at least 21 years old to go, and reservations can be made online or by phone.

North Coast

The North Coast in Mendocino County has miles of shoreline dotted with hidden coves, rocky bluffs, and sandy beaches. The area is filled with activities such as hiking, fishing, tide pooling and camping. Swimming is not recommended because of the heavy surf and sudden swells which can be dangerous. There are thousands of shops as well as art galleries, theaters and wineries. Explore on one of the many bike trails in the county. Visit one of the coast's many state parks or tour the lighthouse at Point Cabrillo Light Station. Take a cruise on the Seahawk at All Aboard Adventures in Noyo Bay. There really is something for everyone.

South Coast

The South Coast in Mendocino County is lined with sandy beaches, parks and cozy coastal towns. These small villages that line the coast are filled with culture and activities. Enjoy the lighthouses, historic buildings, shops and eateries in towns such as Point Arena, Anchor Bay and Gualala. Walk one of the trail heads off Schooner Gulch Road that leads to one of the beautiful beaches on the South Coast. There are live performances, exhibits, shops and natural wonders to enjoy before heading back to your Little River Inn for the night.

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Hwy. 101
Mendocino County, CA

The North part of Mendocino County is known for its huge redwood forests and mountain peaks. As you explore the area, be sure to visit the Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Enjoy the beautiful redwood trees, a 60-foot waterfall, picnic area, fishing and swimming. Call the park for more information. The North part of the county is also famous for the Skunk Train, which is a restored, working steam engine. Travel the county by train and see the amazing views and wildlife that abounds. The county is a prime target for photographers.

The Upper Russian River Valley

Flowing through Mendocino County is the Russian River. The rich, fertile shoreline of the river is home to many visitor attractions. Visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a large Buddhist community, or explore the beautiful countryside along the river. Visit Mendocino or Pillsbury Lake where there are many activities year round that are fun and exciting.