Grove of Old Trees

The Grove of Old Trees is located on the ancestral home of the Coast Miwok people and the Southern Pomo people, past, present, and future. We recognize them as the first people and the first stewards of this land. We are on occupied territory and acknowledge the ongoing devastation of colonization. 

The Grove is a healthy, old-growth stand of Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the trees on easy trails, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. The Grove of Old Trees is the first and now one of only two privately owned preserves in Sonoma County that is publicly accessible and free to all. 

The Grove of Old Trees has now reopened to the public. If you are looking to visit more redwoods in the area, please note that Armstrong Woods State Park reopened to the public on November 1, 2021. Riverfront Regional Park also has a lovely, small redwood grove with plenty of parking.

Please read before visiting our beloved Grove of Old Trees:

Thank you for doing all you can to help take care of the Grove! Here’s how you can help.  
  • Drive safely: Driving slowly and following the speed limit is essential for everyone’s safety.  
  • Pull over to allow other cars to pass: Fitzpatrick Lane, the road that leads to the Grove, is largely a single-lane road. When you visit the Grove, please pull over when necessary to allow other cars to pass.  
  • Park only in the designated parking area: If the small Grove-specific parking lot area is full, please return at another time.  
  • Leave no trace: Please pack out anything that you bring into the Grove, respect any wildlife that you encounter, and leave behind things of nature that you find. We are all stewards of the Grove. 
  • There are no bathroom facilities at the Grove of Old Trees.

How to Get Involved

  • Participate in a stewardship workday where you’ll help clear and maintain trails, remove invasive species, and other tasks that help keep the Grove healthy and accessible.
  • Attend the yearly Friends of the Grove potluck. 
All photos of the Grove of Old Trees by Meg Cooper Photography

History

The Grove of Old Trees is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Southern Pomo people and Coast Miwok people. For years, the Grove of Old Trees was owned by two families, the Colemans and the Van Alstynes. The families operated sawmills in the area, but reserved the redwoods in the Grove as a family gathering place.

Unfortunately, in the 1990s the grand redwoods were slated to be cut down as part of a Timber Harvest Plan. You can actually see blue stripes painted on certain trees that were in line to be harvested.

A group of county residents known as Friends of the Grove launched the long campaign to protect the remnant stands of redwoods. Thanks to the tireless work of neighbors and environmental activists, the blue stripes are a reminder of a fate averted. 

LandPaths former board member Caryl Hart was also instrumental in the final successful push to save the Grove of Old Trees.

In 2000, LandPaths purchased Grove of Old Trees with the assistance of Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, Save The Redwoods League, California Coastal Conservancy, and private individuals. Today, Sonoma Ag + Open Space holds a Forever Wild conservation easement on the property, which mandates a zero take of the trees. 

The property will stand forever as a publicly accessible forest preserve, a place for research, respite, and environmental education. We cherish this living remnant of the redwood forests that once covered much of the Northern California coast.

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