Activities for Children
In and Around The Sea Ranch

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Activity Activities Within The Sea Ranch

Public Access
Beaches and Trails

• Walk
• Hike
• Learn

Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails on The Sea Ranch, each leading to a separate area of the coast. Public trails listed below start at Highway 1 parking areas (see mile markers indicated) and cross bluff-top meadows and forests to the rugged coastline. Cliffside staircases lead to secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and rock formations. Restrooms are available in parking areas. Keep dogs on leash in all areas, including the beach. Please stay on marked public access trails, as all other paths and roads within The Sea Ranch are privately owned and not for public use.

Get your own Trails Map at The Sea Ranch Association office located at 975 Annapolis Road, The Sea Ranch, and enjoy a hike to the beach. For more information, see a listing of Sonoma County Regional Parks
  • Black Point: Steep staircase to 1/4 mile-long sandy beach with dramatic waves. Mile marker 50.85.
  • Pebble Beach: Small sheltered cove with tidepools. Mile marker 52.29.
  • Stengel Beach: Small rocky beach with stairs that end on a large rock; waterfall after rains. Mile marker 53.96.
  • Shell Beach: Sea stacks and tidepools; logs to sit on; ramp to walk small boats to the ocean. Mile marker 55.54.
  • Walk-On Beach: Wheelchair and stroller accessible, but it's a hard push through sandy spots; a sandy beach. Mile Marker 56.48.
  • Bluff Trail (3 miles from Walk-On Beach to Gualala Point Park).

Historic Markers

View the Historic Markers brochure and map online (also available for purchase at the Association office). Nine sites can be visited on Sonoma County public access trails.

Wildlife Viewing on public access beaches and trails

Beachcombing: Black Point, Pebble, Stengel, Shell and Walk-On beaches.

Bird Watching: Gualala Point Regional Park or any of the public access trails.

Fire Department

CalFire Fire House (fire engines) - 960 Annapolis Rd (near The Sea Ranch airstrip)

Volunteer Fire Department BBQ at One-Eyed Jacks (Memorial Day Weekend)

Activity Activities Close to The Sea Ranch

Gualala Point Regional Park

Visitors Center, long beach, trails and Whale Watch Point

Kayaking

Kayaking the Gualala River (rentals available in Gualala)

Bicycling

Bicycling the Annapolis-Stewarts Point Loop (~ 24 miles, strenuous and for experienced riders)

Old Stage Road to Point Arena (17 miles, strenuous and for experienced riders); return via Hwy 1 (14 miles) or reverse your route

Activity Activities South of The Sea Ranch

Hiking

Stump Beach & Cove in Salt Point State Park (20 min south of Sea Ranch)

Hiking in Salt Point State Park

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve and hiking trails
(15 min south of Sea Ranch on Kruse Ranch Road).

Fort Ross Historic State Park

Fort Ross Historic State Park (~ 25 min south of Sea Ranch on Highway 1) - visitors center, historic buildings, picnic area, sandy cove http://www.fortross.org/

Activity Activities North of The Sea Ranch

Books and toys

Stores located in Gualala.

Water Activities


(tide pooling & beachcombing, fishing, boat launch pier)

Bowling Ball Beach and Schooner Gulch
(south access just beyond Schooner Gulch; north access at Moat Creek)

Arena Cove and Harbor (fishing boats, boat launching, restaurants, stores)

Manchester Beach State Park (~ 25 minutes north of Gualala) - ~3.2 miles of a beautiful, curving, sandy beach

Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse and museum (north of Point Arena) - daily tours Pt Arena Lighhouse and Museum

Hiking Coastal National Monument

Stornetta Public Lands of the California Coastal National Monument in Point Arena (4 miles of breathtaking hiking trails along the bluff (Stornetta Public Lands , California Coastal National Monument)

Animal Preserve

B. Bryan Animal Preserve, Point Arena
( African hoof stock - giraffes, zebras, antelopes - http://bbryanpreserve.com/)

Structured Children's Activities

Gualala Arts Center Camp (July) http://www.gualalaarts.org/

Oz Farm Camp (summer)

Sand Castle Building Contest at Anchor Bay Beach
(Anchor Bay Campground - July)

North Coast Towns and Sites

Mendocino Village (~ 1.5 hrs north of Gualala); hiking, kayaking, beach combing, shops and eateries http://mendocinovillage.com/

Fort Bragg (Fort Bragg Information)

Local Event Calendars and other resources for children's activities

For weekly activities and businesses that have interests for children (books, toys, etc.), please check the activities section and business advertisements of the Independent Coast Observer (http://mendonoma.com/) weekly newspaper (printed edition available each Thursday late afternoon in Gualala).

and

The Gualala website: http://gualala.com/

and

Redwood Coast Chamber: Sonoma to Mendocino http://www.redwoodcoastchamber.com/events

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