Sonoma County wine country is always beautiful but fall brings out a new way to enjoy the endless hikes, parks and vineyards while showcasing the beautiful colors of the season. And it’s not just the Sonoma Valley that’s carpeted in radiant fall tones. Even the Sonoma Coast boasts fall color on its bluffs in the flowers and grasses. Check out a few of our favorites!
SPRING LAKE REGIONAL PARK, SANTA ROSA
Spring Lake Park is a delight to enjoy any day of the week, but did you know that every second Saturday of the month throughout the year, the Environmental Discovery Center leads family hikes throughout this sprawling park? Enjoy the landscape and wildlife while admiring the deciduous trees that really show off their colors.
BODEGA HEAD, BODEGA BAY
Enjoy an easy hiking trail that traverses the headlands or head to the overlook while working up an appetite for a delicious seafood lunch. Enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean, the harbor, and the town itself while admiring the carpets of fall-colored grasses.
SONOMA OVERLOOK TRAIL, SONOMA
Explore the beautiful hillside backdrop of Sonoma by hiking the Sonoma Overlook Trail, a gentle path that winds its way up the hill, eventually providing breathtaking views of the Sonoma Valley. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this scenic trail.
JACK LONDON STATE HISTORIC PARK, GLEN ELLEN
Enjoy a slice of California History, traversing through the wilderness trails past Jack’s. cottage and burned-out castle ruins, through redwoods and sunny meadows.
If you're in good shape, trek to the top vista, where, on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from Gunsight Rock and Valley View Trail.
Enjoy sweeping views of the vineyards as they unveil their autumn colors from the Sonoma Mountain Bay Area Ridge Trail. You’ll traverse through ferns and redwoods before adventuring through dense groves of oaks and laurels. Spectacular!
SHILOH RANCH REGIONAL PARK, WINDSOR
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, an 850-acre park in East Windsor, is full of winding trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Visitors can take any number of short trails up to great overlooks of Windsor, Santa Rosa, and beyond, or take meandering trails alongside shaded creek beds and past a pond where you'll often see geese, deer, turkeys, and other wildlife. During the fall months, the trails throughout the park are shimmering with color, while the vineyards bordering the park burst with iconic autumn hues.
GOAT ROCK BEACH, JENNER
You'll be delighted with this beach in Jenner just north of Bodega Bay. Easily accessible with impressive bluffs, the partial cove is great for watching wildlife. Maybe you will even catch sigh of the harbor seals at play!
FREE VINEYARD WALKING TOURS, ALL ACROSS SONOMA COUNTY
Don’t forget out beautiful Vineyards—a perfect Fall Adventure!!
Free and with no appointment-needed, the Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures provides self-guided vineyard tours year-round. Stop by the tasting room to get a map of the walking trail and enjoy the adventure, which is no more than a mile long and may venture through assorted varietals with stunning Sonoma County hillsides as your backdrop.
Oh, how we love Sonoma County!