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Bayer Farm Neighborhood Park & Gardens

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Owned by City of Santa Rosa, Access & Stewardship Managed by LandPaths

Access: Community garden plots, events, & volunteer programs

Bayer Farm Neighborhood Park and Gardens is a unique collaboration between Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks and LandPaths. It is a 6-acre urban farm & city park-in-the-making in the heart of the Roseland neighborhood, with old barns, beautiful gardens, and plenty of ways to relax and have fun.

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Bohemia Ecological Preserve

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Owned and managed by LandPaths

Access: guided tours & volunteer programs

Bohemia Ecological Preserve is a 1,000-acre, LandPaths-owned community gem located near Occidental.  This remote property offers visitors awe-inspiring views from vast coastal prairie meadows interspersed with stands of old-growth fir, hardwood riparian forest, chaparral and oak woodlands. The waterfall on Duvoul Creek, a beloved local treasure, drains into salmon-bearing Dutch Bill Creek, one of the most valuable streams for coho in the Russian River system.  

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Carrington Ranch

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Owned by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, guided tours by LandPaths

Access: guided tours and volunteer programs

Carrington Ranch, a 330 acre gem on the Sonoma Coast, is home to amazing coastal grasslands and a piece of the California Coastal Trail, straddling Coleman Valley Road. The ranch's original homestead, consisting of house, shed and sheep barn, adds a historic flavor to this scenic beauty. 

As of November 1, 2012 Carrington Ranch volunteers will no longer be managed by LandPaths. Volunteers should receive an update from the District in coming weeks. LandPaths will continue to offer guided tours and to work closely with the District and other partners to assist in moving Carrington toward the goal of a publicly accessible property.

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Grove of Old Trees

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Owned and managed by LandPaths

Access: Open to Public dawn to dusk

LandPaths' beautiful Grove of Old Trees is open for walking and picnicking any day of the year. In fact, the Grove is the only privately-owned preserve in Sonoma County that is publicly accessible and free to all. Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of these 28 acres of old growth redwoods on easy trails, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

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Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

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Owned by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, jointly managed by the Open Space District, City of Healdsburg and LandPaths. 

Access: Open to Public dawn to dusk

The Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. These communities support animals such as deer, jackrabbit, bobcat, and mountain lion and more than 40 species of birds.

Visitors are invited to explore the new and expanded trail network at the 155-acre Preserve and check out the spectacular vistas throughout the property, taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacama Mountains.  Easy to moderate hiking.

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Rancho Mark West

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Owned by LandPaths via a life-estate with Doerksens

Access: guided tours, events, Owl Camp, and volunteer programs

A walk beneath Rancho Mark West's towering redwoods and Douglas-fir forest is inspiring, as is exploring the length of crystal-clear Mark West Creek with its steelhead and salmon that runs through this future preserve just outside Santa Rosa. Visit the gazebo and pond, historic ranch house or the old barn and corral to see where stage coach passengers once stopped to square dance.

By doing this you get a glimpse of Sonoma County's history where people and land were intertwined, as well as how this land can be part of a bright future for our region. This future can be realized for school children and visitors for generations to come with the creation of the publicly-accessible Rancho Mark West Nature Center.

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Riddell Preserve

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Owned and managed by LandPaths

Access: guided tours & volunteer programs

Nestled in the rugged hills just a few miles west of downtown Healdsburg is a rare treasure. A spectacular 400 acre property-a mile and a half long by half a mile wide-LandPaths' Riddell Preserve encompasses diverse flora, high quality wildlife habitat and headwater land interspersed with perennial springs and stream channels.

Not merely breathtakingly beautiful, the land is wild and natural. Owned by the Riddell family for nearly forty years, relatively untouched by human interference, nurturing remarkable stands of mature and regenerating oak and madrone woodland, with islands of second-growth redwood emerging from the hardwood canopy, and vigorous stands of native bunch grass, these valleys and hills deserve protection.

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Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

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Owned by Sonoma County Regional Parks 

Taylor Mountain was officially opened to the public as Sonoma County’s newest Regional Park on Saturday, February 23!  LandPaths and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District are no longer operating the permit program. 

As an “open access” county park, the public will no longer need permits to visit the property.  The park is open from 8am - sunset each day.  Please visit the Sonoma County Regional Parks website for additional information about visiting the park. 

 

 

 

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Willow Creek People Powered Park

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Owned by California State Parks

Access: by LandPaths permit and volunteer program

NOTE:  Hike, bike or horseback ride on the new 3,300-acre Willow Creek State Park unit near Duncans Mills. Permits are issued after a one-hour orientation on the property. Willow Creek is a People Powered Park - your support (as a volunteer and/or donor) keeps Willow Creek open and stewarded, making it possible for more people to explore, connect with, and care for this beautiful place.  Find a map here...

Upcoming Willow Creek Outings & Events here...

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