Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve

Directions and park information here.

Armstrong Woods is a great little get-away without having to get too far away. It’s just a few miles from downtown Guerneville, itself a nice little destination. I first went when my folks came to visit. We wanted to take them to see redwoods but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of some of the popular stands of redwoods. It was perfect. We had none of the parking ordeals, or reservation requirement of Muir Woods.

My folks don’t walk as well as they once did, so it was a relief that we were able to take advantage of the parking lot without any advance planning. Also the trails that wound about the forest floor were mostly flat and very well maintained. There are some areas where the trail crosses the road so at least one person in your party should be watching where you’re going.

From the California State Parks website:

The reserve includes a visitor center, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. While you can drive into the park, the best way to experience the dramatic effect of the towering redwoods, is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free.  Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center and at the kiosk entrance.   All of the main park features can be found along the Pioneer Nature Trail. This trail is a mile and a half long round trip, is ADA accessible and is mostly flat and level.

Although no camping is available in Armstrong Redwood SNR, there is a campground operated by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area at Bullfrog Pond Campground (3 miles above Armstrong). Austin Creek SRA is accessed through the same entrance as Armstrong Redwoods. Austin Creek’s rolling hills, open grasslands, conifers, and oaks are a beautiful and dramatic contrast to the dense canopy of the redwood grove. For more information go to Austin Creek State Recreation Area. by clicking the link on the right.  For online reservations at Bullfrog Pond Campground or any of the backcountry campsites go to www.hipcamp.com

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