July kicks off the swim season at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. With lifeguards on duty daily and swim zones clearly marked, this family friendly beach is one of the safest places to enjoy the Russian River. The calm, deep swimming area is created by a seasonal dam, a feature that takes a fair amount of engineering and has been a summer tradition for decades. See how the dam goes up and some cool historical images in this short video.
Doran Regional Park is another of Sonoma County's popular summer destinations. But if you're new to Doran Beach - or even if you've visited for years - you may not realize all there is to do. From Boogie Boarding to barbecuing, here are our top suggestions for summer fun at this Bodega Bay favorite.
For the past year, three dozen teens from central Sonoma County joined us for our inaugural "Youth Exploring the Sonoma Coast" program, a series of day trips, campouts, and activities like surfing and kayaking. For many, the excursions marked their first visits to local beaches. They also learned photography and interpreted their experiences through the lens of a photo project on display July 6-29 at the Gualala Arts Center.
Trails, Backpacking Sites Planned for Hood Mountain
A view from Hood Mountain's "Lawson Addition"
Would you like to explore new areas of Hood Mountain Regional Park, including a 1,900-foot peak northwest of the main summit? Or how about staying at our first backpacking bunkhouse? Future plans for a 247-acre addition to the park will let you do just that.
As the weather heats up and weekend "staycations" become the norm, the Sonoma Coast should be at the top of your local travel list. Enjoy the seclusion of The Sea Ranch and hike the
Bluff Top Trail to Gualala Point Regional Park. It's a featured hike in the
2018 Trails Challenge and covers 6 miles round trip, taking you along windswept headlands, through gnarled cypress groves and past honeycombed sea stacks.
We owe another big thank you to
Volunteers for Outdoor California for lending a hand at a park affected by last year's wildfires. After fixing a section of trail at Hood Mountain in May, more than 60 volunteers from the group visited
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in June and powered through triple-digit temperatures to reroute an eroded section of Canyon Trail.