Sitting in the spray of a delightful waterfall on Chamberlain Creek Trail or
staring out at the uninterrupted view from the top of Riley Ridge after a long hike through
old redwood forests on the remote Volcano Point Trail, it’s easy to forget the bustling history
of the land in Jackson State Forest.
A booming industrial logging center from 1862 until 1947, the land now serves as 50,000 acres of peaceful respite for visitors who come to see the forests. Maps and brochures available from the California Department of Forestry in Fort Bragg or online at the CalFire website (given below) show the location of trails where you can learn about the ecology, history and management of the forest or go mushroom hunting, hiking, biking or horseback riding. With your own bottled water and appropriate permits, overnight camping is available in rustic and equestrian campsites for a small fee. Leashed pets are welcome, and swimming is allowed in the rivers, although fishing is not.
WHERE: On Hwy 20 between Fort Bragg and Willits. MORE INFO: 707-964-5674