Sitting in the spray of a very pretty waterfall on Chamberlain Creek Trail, or staring out at the uninterrupted view from the top of Riley Ridge after a long hike through old redwood forests on the remote Volcano Point Trail, it’s easy to forget the bustling history of the land in Jackson State Forest. A booming industrial logging center from 1862 until 1947, the land now serves as a peaceful respite for eager visitors that come to see the forests. Three trails have knowledgeable guides available to teach you about the ecology, history and management of the forest. A number of longer trails are available for mushroom hunting, hiking, biking and horseback riding. With your own bottled water and appropriate permits, overnight camping is available in rustic and equestrian campsites for a small fee. Leashed pets are welcome, and swimming is allowed in the rivers, although fishing is not, per the Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Where: on Hwy 20 between Fort Bragg and Willits
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