Description - Mendocino Woodlands State Park sits in the heart of the redwood forest, nine miles east of Mendocino. The park and its 200 buildings, originally located on 5,000 acres, were built by hand by unemployed skilled workers of the Federal Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Park is a tribute to their dedication and skill and to a government which responded to the physical and spiritual needs of its people in a desperate time. Buildings throughout the Park feature walls of old growth redwood, hand-hewn beams and hand-crafted stone fireplaces.
- The 720-acre park offers an Outdoor Center with three separate facilities, each providing a large well equipped kitchen, dining hall, cabins, showers and bathrooms. Each Camp has a large kitchen and dining room with electricity and plumbing. The dining halls feature large stone fireplaces. The large bathrooms in each camp have showers, toilets and sinks with hot and cold running water. There is a fire-circle in each Camp. The facilities are rented to groups who operate their own Camps in the Woodlands.
The peaceful, rustic setting creates a unique learning environment for personal growth retreats and training seminars. Dance, music, church, youth and nature study groups can plan a full day of activities or let each day unfold at its own pace. The many hiking trails, an open meadow, a large beaver pond, river otters, deer, foxes and other fauna complete the "magic" of the Mendocino Woodlands.
Facilities consist of two and four bed cabins, communal shower buildings with hot water and electricity, and a kitchen/dining hall complex in each of the three separate camps. The camps are preserved, to the best degree possible, to their 1930's construction style. The primitive, rustic facilities provide a retreat or vacation experience for a wide variety of groups who operate camps there, spring through fall each year. Music and dance camps enjoy the facilities in Camp One most of the summer. Numerous weddings are held in the Woodlands each spring and fall. "Special Interest" Camps frequent Camp Two where many groups hold retreats, workshops or celebrations. Family reunions or gatherings of friends are the characteristic visitor to Camp Three. The Woodlands Environmental Education staff provide interpretive services to visitors. The Park is surrounded on three sides by the 50,000 acre Jackson State Forest.
Trails in the Woodlands and in Jackson State Forest offer the visitor ample opportunity to explore a variety of natural settings. A large pond in the Park is currently home to blue heron, kingfishers, river otters, wood ducks and beavers. The lilting refrain of the winter wren rings in the forest all summer. Woodlands' naturalists lead hikes and conduct activities both in and outside the Park. Typically, visitors join the naturalists to hike the Big Tree trail, visit Observation Point, tidepool at nearby beaches or canoe on the Big River.
Wildlife abounds in the forest, including bear, mountain lions, coyotes, beaver, raccoon, foxes and bobcats. The Little North Fork of the Big River meanders through camp and flows into the Big River at the Camp boundary. Summer visitors enjoy nearby swimming holes in the Big River. Salmon and steelhead travel upstream each winter to spawn. The beaver lodge provides them protection from flooding and fast moving waters each winter.
Recreation - Mendocino Woodlands offers opportunities for group retreats, group camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, viewing wildlife, nature study, and educational programs.
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.
Mendocino Woodlands State Park is located near the village of Mendocino in a redwood forest seven miles inland from the spectacular Mendocino coastline. The park is approximately 150 miles north of San Francisco.