The vibrant colors of the lovely rhododendron are sure to delight at Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve. Bright pink blossoms are everywhere within the park’s five-plus miles of magnificent hiking trails. The lush greens of the ferns and foliage help to set off the marvelous colors. If hiking isn’t your thing, there are also many horseback riding trails. This impressive forest is ever evolving as second growth redwood and Douglas fir continue to rise into the sky. The park’s 317 acres were donated to the state of California in memory of Edward P. Kruse, one of the founders of San Francisco’s German Bank. The land was once used by the family as a sheep farm.
The best time to experience the most vivid colors is springtime. The Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve is located about 20 miles north of Jenner near mile marker 43, adjacent to Salt Point State Park.