Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Guerneville

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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is a state park of California in the United States established to preserve 805acre of coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). The reserve is located in Sonoma County, just north of Guerneville.The reserve is in a temperate rainforest. The climate is mild and wet. The park receives an average of 55in of rainfall per year, almost all between September and June. Abundant fog during the summer months helps to maintain the moist conditions required by the coast redwoods.Notable treesThe Parson Jones Tree is the tallest tree in the grove, measuring more than 310ft in height. This is longer than the length of a football field. It is about 0.058mi walk from the park entrance.The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870s. It is a 0.5mi walk from the park entranceThe Icicle Tree shows the unusual burl formations often found on redwood trees. Burls can weigh many tons and grow hundreds of feet above the forest floor. Why these growths occur remains a mystery.RecreationThe reserve includes a visitor center, outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. Although no camping is available in the redwood grove, there is a campground at Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the park. Austin Creek is accessed through the same entrance as Armstrong Redwoods and its rolling hills, open grasslands, conifers, and oaks are a contrast to the dense canopy of the redwood grove. Plan your Armstrong Redwood State Reserve visit and explore what else you can see and do in Guerneville using our Guerneville itinerary planning app.
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  • An area of quiet beauty. You pay $10 per car ($9 if 62 or better) to walk amount the redwoods. The pathways are well marked and flat. There are a few information signs and you can pick up,so,e... 
    An area of quiet beauty. You pay $10 per car ($9 if 62 or better) to walk amount the redwoods. The pathways are well marked and flat. There are a few information signs and you can pick up,so,e...  more »
  • Such a great way to spend some time. The entrance is only $10 per car and the scenery here is stunning! The redwoods tower 300+ feet and it’s a sight to behold. We arrived later in the day around 6pm....  more
    Such a great way to spend some time. The entrance is only $10 per car and the scenery here is stunning! The redwoods tower 300+ feet and it’s a sight to behold. We arrived later in the day around 6pm....  more »
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  • Well worth the drive. The roads get narrow going up there, but it's only a few roads that are like that. You need a few hours to enjoy it. I will be going back there,so peaceful and beautiful with good trails. Awesome place. There is a $10 fee per vehicle to get in, but I also saw people parking in the lot before the entrance. I recommend you do that because there is not much parking at all if you drive in through the gates.Not sure if they paid or not.
  • Beautiful quiet trail through the redwoods. This trail is a lovely visit. There are tall, powerful towering trees rich in history and tradition. The park has markers and icons dedicated to explain the history and age of the trees in this forest and even how to understand and appreciate their growth. I took off my shoes and walked barefoot on the soft trails to appreciate the reverence of these earthly giants. Come here if you want to: See beautiful redwoods Want a short, beautiful trail walk Want lovely pictures next to redwood giants Are a family with small, medium or big kids Want to experience the age and history of the redwood forest Have small dogs needing a good walk Are a human longing to connect with nature This may not be for you if: You like to feel lost in the woods... you are not allowed to leave the path which means some trees are out of distance You don't want to feel like a tourist: It was not crowded when we were there but it definitely felt touristy You want a long rigorous hike: the trails here are shorter and easy (My own limitations in this review consist of: I am partial to wild untamed land... and we were not able to explore the depths of this beautiful park).

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