About 20 miles from the coast, in the Anderson Valley lies this pristine 816 acre park. Because it is further inland, it is warmer than most of California’s coastal redwood forests. Here you will see old-growth coastal redwoods at their best - some trees are over 300 feet tall and nearly 1000 years old! Whether you’re in for swimming, boating, or simply hiking through the redwoods, there is something for everyone (not too mention wine tasting at one of the many nearby wineries)!
Don't miss the wineries nearby, especially Navarro and Husch for their stellar wines. Hit up Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Booneville for some cold brew or a round of disc golf.
Nicely kept campsites with a good amount of privacy. Try to snag a spot on the outer side of the outer road for even more privacy. Good hiking trails from the campgrounds but mostly just to walk amongst the redwoods rather than vertical climbing. Showers are coin operated so bring quarters or save water!
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I think this S.P. is the ultimate escape.
This ancient Redwood forests is only about 3 hours from San Francisco.
The trees our est. to be 300' tall and could be up to 1000 years old. Hike around the massive stumps and fallen trees and the red wood groves.
The day use and the picnicking area is on the banks of the Navarro river-over looking the the Big Hendy Grove.
The camp hosts @ this camp keeps the camp sites clean and well maintained.
This park has a dump station
Make sure you hike the nature trails though out the park.
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Word on the street (or in the forest) is site #32 is the jam!
Bathrooms are fairly basic, so bring your own soap, wet wipes, etc if needed
The hiking here is pretty chill (not overly strenuous), so good for families.
The creek is fairly safe and known for its frogs, turtles and newts - perfect for adventurous kids (and grownups!) to explore.
The nearby coastal beaches are a quick thirty minute drive and make for a great day trip.
The Hendy Woods trail is perfect for kiddos, take your time wandering amongst the giant redwoods.
Site 56 is the family suite with plenty of space for multiple gigantic family tents and tons of space for the kids to run around in and logs to balance on. A sweet spot even though it is on the inner loop.
Four hike-and-bike campsites are available to cyclists visiting the park. For information on riding in the park, contact the park office.
Motorized boating isn’t really available at this park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore via watercraft! Grab your paddle and check out the kayaking and canoeing section of activities.
Big Hendy has an amazing display of Redwood groves at their greatest. By far the best redwoods in Hendy Woods are in Big Hendy, an 80-acre redwood grove. Big Hendy Trail is a level, 1.6-mile trail that we highly recommend, the Upper Loop is definitely the most impressive part...check it out and frolick around some big a** trees!
There are over 20 miles of kayaking or canoeing to be done on the glorious Navarro River. It’s kinda awesome because the river is lined with redwoods and can be completed by a novice paddler. For more info, check out our friends at American Whitewater.
Keen for a dip in the fresh mountain water? Well you can jump straight into the Navarro River. This swimming hole is a safe haven when summer temperatures become unbearable.
Hendy Woods is perfect for any animal lover! The woods are rich with wildlife such as mountain lions, deer, gray foxes and black bears.
The two groves of redwood and the park which was constructed around them bear the name of Joshua P. Hendy, who in the late 1800's first claimed this beautiful area as his own.
Hendy found something within the peace and quiet of these moss encrusted groves that made him vow that neither saw nor ax would ever lay bare the inner bark of these giants. True to his word, as long as the land was his, the trees were never harmed.
California was growing and the need for lumber was great. After Joshua P. Hendy died, the groves were sold. Down came the giant trees in the outlying areas and off to the mills they were hauled. Timber was cut and removed from all sides of the big groves, but never was an order given to attack the giants standing there..
Hendy Woods was sold to the people of California in August of 1958, to become one of our finest state parks.