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The sunny state of California is home to beautiful Hendy Woods State Park which is spread over 945 acres of forestland and mostly comprised of ancient redwood groves. Located in the northern part of the state, in the heart of Anderson Valley wine region, Hendy Woods State Park is just eight miles northwest of Boonville. The park is close to the cities of Ukiah and Navarro, and it’s a good idea to book an RV in Mendocino County so that you are able to head out to explore the state park and its surrounding areas easily. With the Navarro River running the length of the park, it’s an ideal getaway for a motorhome camping trip filled with some great outdoor recreational activities, including exploring two of the park’s star attractions, Big Wendy covering 80 acres, and Little Wendy, covering 20 acres of old-growth coast redwood trees.
Historically, the Pomo people, an indigenous tribe belonging to California, used to live in the area. They lived and hunted the lands for thousands of years before the first Western settlers arrived and forced the Pomo people off their own lands, and into bondage. The park is now named after Joshua Hendy, a blacksmith who owned a large amount of land by the Navarro River. It was eventually sold to the government which turned the area into one of California’s finest state parks.
Visitors camping at Hendy Woods State Park have gorgeous warm weather to enjoy for most of the year, while they camp out in the woods. Popular with swimmers, Navarro River provides plenty of recreation. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities here, especially in the winter months and early spring. Swimming is ideal in the summer months under the Greenwood Road Bridge area or at the Day use area. Fishing is not permitted anywhere in the park, although you may opt for catch-and-release fishing at the Prune Belly Bridge near the entrance to the park.
Hikers can make use of miles of hiking trails within the park. While most of the hikes range from easy to moderate, you have the chance to walk in the midst of ancient redwoods, in meadows or along the Navarro River. Try the Discovery Trail, less than a mile long, and it covers the Big Hendy Grove where you get to see the finest old-growth coast redwoods. This trail is wheelchair accessible too. The Upper Loop Trail is 1.6 miles in length and includes a part of the Discovery Trail and more.
Stop by at the visitor center on your RV camping trip at Hendy Woods State Park, and check out the natural history displays, including skulls and bones of animals that have lived in the park. You could also pick up a couple of camp souvenirs like mugs, t-shirts, and postcards, and all the proceeds go back to the park. The visitor center is open from May through to September.
Hendy Woods State Park camping areas are open through the year. It’s a good idea to make reservations if you plan on visiting the state park between May and September. There are 92 campsites available. Amenities include big rig access, tent camping, a dump station, water spigot, restrooms, and showers. You may bring your pets along but remember to keep them leashed, especially on the hiking trails. Kids will have plenty to keep them occupied at the campground with easy access to recreational trails. Some of the campsites are ADA friendly, as are the restrooms and shower facilities. Cabins are also available for rent.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Hendy Woods State Park, head towards Willits to the Golden Rule RV Park. With 33 sites, the park offers full hookups, 30 AMP electric service, picnic tables at the site, restrooms and showers, laundry and onsite RV service. The kids will love the swimming pool. Bring your pets along, as this is a pet-friendly campground.
Camping with an RV in Hendy Woods State Park is easy and convenient as it gives you the chance to explore surrounding areas as well. Mendocino County is fun to explore, and the town of Mendocino is no different from the county, known for its great wines and stunning coastal views. Take a walk along the stunning Mendocino Coast that offers a range of landscapes, from jagged cliff edges to rolling sand dunes.
Drive down Highway 128 in your RV rental, also known as ‘The Wine Road." There are a number of wineries and vineyards along the way, and nearly all of them offer tours and visits to their cellars, usually guided. And once you’re done with wine, you could also stop at an apple orchard and shop for fresh apples and apple goodies.
To get out in the open and stretch your legs, consider hiking Mendocino’s famous coastal bluffs, or go kayaking down Mendocino’s coast to get a view of the buffs from the water. If you enjoy exploring caves, you may opt for a natural sea cave tour.
When in Mendocino, look forward to really good, fresh and locally grown food. There are many cafes, eateries, and pubs to choose from, and the seafood is what you should try out for sure, considering the abundance of seafood, and freshness! Don’t forget to top up your rental RV at one of the town’s gas stations before heading back home.
Another place to check out is Boonville, a perfect little town with big charm. While the area of Anderson Valley is filled with apple orchards and wineries, Boonville is a quaint town to check out.