This is a gem of a park, offering over a mile of ocean frontage with great beaches and tide pools, plus more than 10 miles of lush, forested hiking trails and plenty of horseback riding trails. You’ll find a beautiful picnic area perched on a cliff overlooking a dramatic cove; spacious, well-laid out campgrounds with bathrooms and hot showers; a 3-mile long paved bicycle trail; and a 36-foot high waterfall that’s one of the park’s star attractions. Another highlight is the Devil’s Punchbowl, sometimes referred to as “the blowhole,” a partially collapsed sea cave that offers a stunning view of churning, surging water 60 feet below you. The beach offers swimming, tide pool exploring, kayaking, abalone diving and rock fishing. Each of Russian Gulch State Park’s 1,305 acres offers more natural beauty than you can shake a walking stick at.
WHERE: two miles north of Mendocino on Hwy 1
MORE INFO: 707-937-5804 | Parks.Ca.gov