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.
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  • Love Armstrong forest! The Redwood grove is a sight to see! It is so tranquil and majestic! Really makes one appreciate the beauty of nature and why it is so important preserving these massive... 
    Love Armstrong forest! The Redwood grove is a sight to see! It is so tranquil and majestic! Really makes one appreciate the beauty of nature and why it is so important preserving these massive...  more »
  • This is a must see if you want to see and touch the tallest trees on the planet. Similar to Muir Woods, and just as spectacular. Afterward, take a drive down to the ocean on 116 to the Pacific... 
    This is a must see if you want to see and touch the tallest trees on the planet. Similar to Muir Woods, and just as spectacular. Afterward, take a drive down to the ocean on 116 to the Pacific...  more »
  • Coastal redwood trees. What is not to love? This is a lovely park with an easy walk. There is educational signage along the paths. The paths are so stable that you could push a wheelchair along the... 
    Coastal redwood trees. What is not to love? This is a lovely park with an easy walk. There is educational signage along the paths. The paths are so stable that you could push a wheelchair along the...  more »
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  • Beautiful quiet trail through the redwoods. This trail is a lovely visit. There are tall, powerful towering trees rich in history and tradition. The park has markers and icons dedicated to explain the history and age of the trees in this forest and even how to understand and appreciate their growth. I took off my shoes and walked barefoot on the soft trails to appreciate the reverence of these earthly giants. Come here if you want to: See beautiful redwoods Want a short, beautiful trail walk Want lovely pictures next to redwood giants Are a family with small, medium or big kids Want to experience the age and history of the redwood forest Have small dogs needing a good walk Are a human longing to connect with nature This may not be for you if: You like to feel lost in the woods... you are not allowed to leave the path which means some trees are out of distance You don't want to feel like a tourist: It was not crowded when we were there but it definitely felt touristy You want a long rigorous hike: the trails here are shorter and easy (My own limitations in this review consist of: I am partial to wild untamed land... and we were not able to explore the depths of this beautiful park).
  • Lovely place to walk among the new and old growth redwoods. You can bike there from Guerneville in about 15-20 minutes and there is a large section of the park that is bike friendly. Cute visitors station with some taxidermy of local wildlife. There is a lovely picnic area near a seasonal creek that we enjoyed lunch at. Quiet and peaceful place to enjoy the redwoods without having to deal with the tourists at Muir Woods. If you enter the parking lot you have to pay a fee or there is parking outside the gate for free. No cost to enter park.
  • I'm in love with redwoods! Such powerful, majestic yet gentle giants. We only did the easy nature walk, but it was easy and perfect to see the beautiful trees. Paid parking was limited but we parked for free on the street and just walked a quarter mile to entrance.
  • 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.
  • I never realized trees could be so cool! I was in awe at how regal the redwood trees are, some of which were more then one thousand years old. The park has several informative signs that tell the history of the area. There are a few picnic sections if you want to sit down for food. Parking is limited but you can get lucky if you go deeper into the park. Really fascinating and glad we stopped by!

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