Surrounding the town of Mendocino, along CA 1, these headlands meander down to the shore. Most travelers wander across Main Street to the coastal bluffs for stunning views of Mendocino’s dollhouse-like Victorians.
Inland, named for the size of redwoods growing along the river, the Big River wetlands, a 7440-acre wildlife corridor adjoining Jackson Demonstration Forest with Mendocino Woodlands State Park, allows for epic hikes. Here you’ll find wetlands, trails, fishing, birding, an estuary, marsh, a beach, and diverse plant life.
The Ford House acts as the visitor center for the park. This free museum offers a glimpse at the interesting history of this natural and architectural wonder of a town. The building, constructed in 1854, is a relic in itself.