Mendocino Woodlands State Park
39350 Little Lake Road
Mendocino, CA 95460
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The camp was developed with a mandate to provide quality environmental education. An on-site nature center, herbarium and library enhance learning activities at the Mendocino Outdoor Science School (MOSS). Some MOSS scholarships are provided by Save the Redwoods League. Weekend workshops, field trips, and service-learning days also allow city dwellers and underserved children to bond with nature.
A few vestiges of former logging days may be seen in the park. Near Camp 3, loggers built the rock crusher in Rocky Gulch more than a century ago, when the gulch served as a logging quarry.
Trails—Eight hiking trails and the ridge road offer 25 miles of forested paths through the park and adjoining Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The Big Tree and Old Jeep trails lead hikers to one remaining old-growth redwood, the Big Tree, scarred by lightning.
Camping—Camping at Mendocino Woodlands is by group reservation only. View the park’s calendar and driving directions at www.mendocinowoodlands.org.
Mendocino Woodlands State Park sits tucked among 720 acres of second-and third-growth redwoods. Mendocino's ancient coast redwoods grew to heights up to 370 feet—Earth's tallest trees.
Organized groups can reserve time to camp within the hushed forest and enjoy the park's historic buildings. Day users can hike in the recreational area and adjoining forest.
Photos: guitarist image courtesy of Madrone Jack Photography.