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Austin Creek State Recreation Area

17000 Armstrong Woods Road

Austin Creek State Recreation Area is adjacent to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and is accessed through the same entrance. With open woodlands, rolling hills, and meadows, its topography offers a strong contrast to the dense, primeval redwood forest below. Here you will discover deep tree-lined ravines cooled by year round streams; grassy hillsides burnished golden by the heat of summer sun and turned emerald by plentiful winter rains; oak capped knolls that seem to float like islands on lakes of lowland fog; and rocky mountaintops that showcase an almost panoramic view. A paradise for the hiker and equestrian, Austin Creek rewards the explorer with twenty miles of trails and panoramic wilderness views, back-country camping, and Bullfrog Pond Campground- accessible by vehicle (no trailers). The park's rugged topography, with elevations ranging from 150-1500 feet, offers a sense of isolation from the accustomed sights and sounds of civilization.


doug reynolds

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
East Ridge Trail is a good workout, steep and 3 1/2 miles long. Wear light-colored pants so the tics will be easier to see.

iris shields

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016
This is a beautiful diverse park. At the bottom the most beautiful redwood tower high above you, when you hike up one of the strenuous trails and are willing to push through, you will pass through forest and up into grassy hills to amazing views! You can also drive to the top if you are not able, or just don't feel like hiking. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is my ever pet peeve with many national parks and CA state parks: no dogs allowed on the trails. They are allowed on the pavement and in this particular park one of the paved roads actually goes all the way to the top, so you can still enjoy it with the pups. (I quite honestly do not understand why they do not open up more parks for owners and dogs, as it would sure bring in a lot more money. I often don't visit parks because I cannot bring my pups. That is missed income...)

Kathy OConnell

Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017
Love hikes in fall here early crisp forest scents

Burt Kaufman

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Bit of redwood tree paradise in Guerneville. Who needs Muir woods when you go here without all the people... then stop by the russian river and Champagne Cellars on way home and get a great veggie sandwich in the deli

Areca H'lael Smit

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
Great spot. Saw kids playing, people camping and hiking. Not great for toddlers, but still very lovely. So many trails and some beautiful overlooks.

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