One of the most beautiful California State Parks is right here in Sonoma County! Click on this link to get a detailed description of the Woods, the various trails and highlights of the different kinds of redwoods and other landscape.
Right now the plan is to meet at the Visitors Center at 9am and walk one of the easier nature trails. You can walk with the group, or take off on your own adventure.
There is no cost to visit this part of the park but there are fees to park your vehicle. (see below).
This MeetUp is Rain or Shine. Please read the Woods' guidelines for visiting the park, how to dress, what to bring/not to bring etc.
If you can, meet up with fellow photogs and carpool into the reserve's parking lot. There are minimal spaces in the main lot.
During the 1870's, this area was set aside as a natural park and botanical garden by Colonel James Armstrong, a lumberman who recognized the beauty and natural value of the forests he harvested. After his death, Armstrong's daughter and the Le Baron family mounted an energetic campaign involving public meetings, rallies and car-caravans to direct public attention to the need to preserve this last remnant of the once mighty redwood forest. Their efforts were successful, and in 1917 the County of Sonoma passed an initiative to purchase the property for $80,000.
The grove was managed by Sonoma County until 1934 when the State took over. In 1936 the grove was opened to the public as Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The grove's status was changed to a reserve in 1964 when a greater understanding of its ecological significance prompted a more protective management of the resource.
Day Use Fees
$8.00 per vehicle
$7.00 per vehicle for seniors
Free to pedestrians and bicyclists