Description - The park features open woodlands and hillsides adjacent to the dark, primeval redwood forests of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. The parks rugged topography gives a sense of isolation from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Elevations within the park range from 150 feet above sea level to almost 1,900 feet on Marble Mine Ridge.
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Austin Creek SRA
- With 22 miles of scenic trails, the park is popular with hikers and backpackers as well as equestrians. The reserve nurtures a variety of wildlife, including many bird species such as ducks, great blue herons and black-shouldered kites.
Twenty-four family campsites are located near Bullfrog Pond. Campsites are available throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables, fire rings, flush toilets and potable water are provided but no washing facilities are currently available.
Back country primitive campsites are located at the Tom King, Gilliam Creek and Manning Flat sites. Each campsite has a table and fire ring. Pit toilets are located nearby. A year-round stream is nearby, but this water supply must be purified before drinking. Use of a micro filter is recommended. The primitive sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A back country permit is required and can be obtained at the Armstrong Redwoods park office during business hours.
Ground fires are prohibited during periods of extreme fire danger, although camp stoves can still be used for cooking in all but the most critical periods of fire danger when camping is not permitted at all.
All of Austin Creek's trails are open to horses although horse trailers are not permitted beyond the picnic area. Check with the park office for up-to-date information about trail conditions. A horse riding and pack station concession providing guided day and overnight trips is located 1/2 mile west of the Armstrong Tree in Armstrong Redwoods State Park.
Recreation - Austin Creek offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, viewing of historic sites and nature viewing.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
The recreation area is located two miles north of Guerneville on Armstrong Woods Road. Vehicle access to the campground is by way of a steep, narrow, winding, 2.5-mile-long, mountain road. For safety reasons, no vehicle over 20 feet in length is allowed on this road. Vehicles with trailers or other towed vehicles are also prohibited.