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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  • If you want to see giant redwood trees without the crowds and craziness of Muir Woods or the other popular redwoods, Armstrong is a great park to visit. There are beautiful trees, good signage, few crowds and easy trails. Although the main trail is not long, there are many miles of hiking trails so you can definitely do a short or a long hike m parking lot is rather small and you can pay at the hut to the right of the park gate.
  • These Redwood trees are the best thing in the world for healing the mind, body, and soul! This morning my friend and I had coffee and a muffin under the canopy of the majestic forest. We then took a leisurely walk amongst the giants! What a beautiful way to spend time together!

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