Gaze in awe at towering 1,500-year-old redwood trees at Hendy Woods State Park. Located in the middle of the fantastic Anderson Valley Wine District, the park is noted for two breathtaking groves: the Big Hendy, which is 80 acres and includes a self-guided discovery trail, and the Little Hendy, which covers about 20 acres. The park’s Upper Loop trail, which winds through the center of the Big Hendy, is a particularly beautiful route that leads through a towering cathedral of old-growth redwoods. A day use area near the Big Hendy offers gorgeous views and picnic sites. There are picnic sites throughout Hendy Woods with access to the Navarro River, which runs through the entire length of the park.
The Navarro River is a popular destination of its own. Fishing is not allowed in the park, but permitted in the Navarro River watershed downriver from the bridge at the park entrance. In the late winter and spring, kayaking and canoeing are very popular because the park is less foggy than other redwood parks along the coast. Bikers and horseback riders enjoy the trails that meander throughout it. In the summer, Hendy Woods State Park offers great swimming in the river for a respite from the heat of the summer sun.
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