How to Spend a Spectacular Day at Armstrong Woods State Park

Located just north of Guerneville in Sonoma County, California, Armstrong Woods State Park is a natural reserve unlike any other on earth. This lush grove is home to a majestic tree species called Sequoia sempervirens, also known as the coast redwood, which is the tallest living thing on our planet. These spectacular trees can live to be over a thousand years old and tower hundreds of feet above the ground, striking visitors from far and wide with their monstrous beauty. A must-do experience, here’s how to make the most of your visit!

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How to Have the Best Day at Armstrong Woods State Park

Experience the Famous Armstrong Redwoods

Parson Jones tree in Red Wood Forest

When you arrive at the park, you can take a well-marked, self-guided tour that leads you to the spectacular Armstrong redwoods. Just a few steps from the park entrance, you’ll find the Parson Jones Tree (pictured to the left), which is the tallest tree in the grove at 310 feet. That’s taller than the length of a football field! Next, continue about half a mile to the Colonel Armstrong Tree, the oldest redwood in the grove that’s estimated to be over 1,400 years old. Finally, make your way to the Icicle Tree where you’ll see unusual burl formations often found on coast redwood trees. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

The Discovery Trail and Armstrong Nature Trail provide easy strolls through the grove, and trail maps and guides are available at the visitor center. The East Ridge Trail and the Pool Ridge Trail are also open to equestrians, with horse rentals available through a private company that is adjacent to the park.

Armstrong Woods State Park Amenities

Along with the self-guided nature trails, the reserve offers a visitor center, an outdoor amphitheater, and a variety of picnic facilities for guests to enjoy. Be sure to pick up trail maps at the visitor center before you adventure through the park!

The stunning beauty of the Armstrong redwood trees makes the park a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions. If you’re interested in celebrating your special day underneath the powerful, magical coast redwoods, visit the parks and recreation page for more information. You can also access a park brochure for more details.

Park Details

Armstrong Woods State Park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until one hour after sunset. The park is pet-friendly, but dogs must remain on a leash and are not allowed on dirt and gravel trails. The reserve is located just north of Guerneville on Armstrong Woods Road, just a 35-minute drive from Honor Mansion!

What to Do After Exploring Armstrong Woods State Park

After you explore the park, take a short 10-minute drive to the Korbel Winery and toast to a wonderful day! Known for their award-winning California champagnes, this winery is a staple in Sonoma County and has been around since the mid-1800’s.

Today, guests can take a 50-minute complimentary tour through the historic champagne cellars and history museum, stroll through the Korbel family gardens, and enjoy a tasting of the winery’s finest products. Before you leave, be sure to visit the gourmet delicatessen where you can enjoy some scrumptious snacks on the Wine Shop deck or in the rustic redwood picnic area.

More Ways to Explore the Great Outdoors

If you’re interested in more fabulous outdoor activities during your stay, take a look at our blogs on Safari West nature reserve and the best places to go hiking in Sonoma County. No matter what adventures you decide to embark on, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience! 

Unwind at Honor Mansion

A trip to Armstrong Woods State Park is a must when you visit Northern California, and so is staying at our Healdsburg bed and breakfast! Our beautiful rooms and suites provide a peaceful escape after a long day. Unwind after your day’s adventures by relaxing outdoors by the private pool or strolling through our lovely gardens. Wake up the next morning to a delicious complimentary breakfast that will leave you feeling refreshed, refueled, and ready to explore all over again.

Check availability of all our accommodations now and book your stay today! We can’t wait to hear all about your Northern California adventures!