Hikes & Scenic Areas

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Van Damme Beach & State Park
Just a quarter mile north of our property on the left is the beautiful Van Damme Beach. Visitors can get a unique perspective of the coast line by taking the kayak tours and exploring hidden caves; reservations can be made at the front desk. Across the road from the beach is the state park, which features the lush Fern Canyon scenic trail system; the Pygmy Forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall; and the bog, or Cabbage Patch, where skunk cabbage grows in abundance. The park's ten miles of trail go along the fern-carpeted canyon of Little River.

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Glass Beach
Glass Beach is one of the unique beaches in the world because of the glass pieces worn smooth and polished by the pounding waves. Go up Highway One almost through Fort Bragg and turn left on Elm Street to the parking lot to collect a few colorful little glass treasures of your own. The City of Fort Bragg just recently opened Noyo Headlands Park and the Coastal Trail begining at Glass beach and stretching along the bluffs twoards the south end of town.

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Spring Ranch Bluff Trail
The latest addition to coastal hiking, the 300-acre Spring Ranch Preserve trail delivers picture postcard views of Mendocino, crashing waves, a blowhole, wildflowers, and whale watching. The trail is about 3 miles hike down to the cliffs across the coastal prairie. There are a couple of benches along the trail where you can relax, have a picnic, and watch the whales go by. Bring binoculars to spy the oyster catchers and cormorants diving from the rocks. This is a less traveled trail and does not have a sign noting the State Park hike so keep an eye out for the parking and trailhead, located directly across from Gordon Lane at M48.94.

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Big River Beach
A big, white sand style beach that is great for the kids, or the dog. Head two miles north, and just before the town on Mendocino Village you’ll see Big River Beach underneath you as you cross the bridge. Across the river you’ll also see Catch-a-Canoe, part of Stanford Inn, where you can rent canoes or kayaks and head up Big River.

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Point Cabrillo Light House
Take a pleasant half mile stroll out to the headlands and check out the recently restored lighthouse! The preserve includes the historic 1909 Light Station and approximately 270 acres of undeveloped coastal bluffs and prairie. This is one of the most unique lighthouses in the United States. Enjoy the Lighthouse, visit the Lightkeepers Museum, and view the beautiful tide pool aquarium. Head four miles north on Highway One, and you’ll see the signs on your left.

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Buckhorn Cove
Take advantage of the private beach cove located just south of our sister property, the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek. To reach ocean access at Buckhorn Cove, head south on Highway One just about 1/4 mile to the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek's front parking area where you can leave your car while you explore the tidal pools of Buckhorn Cove. From the parking area you can walk a distance of 150 yards, walk south (carefully) along the coast road until you see the 35mph sign. Walk behind the guardrail on the west side of the road along the public access path that will take you down to the beach. The property on either side of the path is private and marked with no trespassing signs. The front desk is happy to provide you with a map to Buckhorn Cove, as well.

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Montgomery Woods Giant Redwood Forests
Giant Redwoods are easy to find; there are 13 Redwood parks in Mendocino County. Montgomery Woods State Park is a 1142 acre State Reserve is located on both sides of the Comptche-Ukiah road about thirty miles east of the town of Mendocino. It's an excellent example of a magnificent coastal Redwood grove and a beautiful fern forest.