This 3,000+ acre addition to the Sonoma Coast State Park is somewhat unique, not only for its beautiful, hilly landscape, but also for the fact that it survives through a stewardship program with LandPaths. While the land is open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, you’ll need to obtain a permit to do so. However, the money collected through this program allows for maintenance of the park (signage, brush clearing, trail cultivation, etc.) as well as the guarantee that you’ll have a pristine open space to explore for generations to come. The seed funds provide for public access and provided by the California Coastal Conservancy. Your assistance, too, is key to helping manage access to this park. One important way to help is by respecting private property boundaries that border all sides of Willow Creek.
The Park offers a 15-mile network of ranch and logging roads leading to numerous trails, perennial streams, and scenic overlooks. Trails connect with adjacent State Park lands (Pomo Canyon and Shell Beach), allowing hikers and bikers to trek from Duncans Mills to Shell Beach, approx. 7 miles each way. The park features forests and grasslands with stunning views of the ocean, including the popular “Islands in the Sky” loop. Access is from Duncans Mills off Freezeout Road (with parking lot through locked gate) or at the end of Willow Creek Rd off Coleman Valley Rd (limited parking on road) for current valid permit holders only. To get a copy of a detailed map, go to stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org/pdf/wc_trailmap.pdf