Plan the Best Day at the Jug Handle State Reserve

view of the Mendocino Lighthouse with overlaying text saying download our free vacation guideMendocino, CA, is one of the most wonderful destinations to visit if you’re a nature lover. Between its stunning rugged coast, lush forests, and mesmerizing beaches, it’s a one-of-a-kind destination where nature meets relaxation. One of our favorite spots is the Jug Handle State Reserve. Take a day to explore this beautiful park, hike up its numerous trails, go on a romantic walk on the beach, and soak in the ocean scenery. Read on to learn more about it below and start planning your visit today! We also offer a free Vacation Guide to help you organize the best trip ever. Inside, you’ll find our favorite local restaurants, events, museums, shops, and many more outdoor adventures!


What You Need to Know About the Jug Handle State Reserve Before Your Visit


What Is the Jug Handle State Reserve?

The Jug Handle State Reserve is one of the most beautiful parks in Mendocino, and in the whole of Northern California. It’s one of our favorites due to its beauty, but also because it’s five minutes away from our B&B. The park was named after Jug Handle Creekwhich runs through itand covers 776 acres along Route 1. 

This beautiful reserve boasts many stunning ocean views and serene forests. The park was established in 1976 after a fight to preserve it from logging and real estate development.



Jug Handle State Reserve is an amazing location for hiking. If you’re looking to get out in nature and reconnect with your true self, there’s no better place. You have several options when it comes to hiking trails. If you want to have an easy walk, the Headlands Loop is made for you. This 0.5-mile trail is mainly flat and takes you past lovely prairies, tall trees, and the rugged coastline.

If you want to challenge yourself a bit more, the Ecological Staircase Trail is perfect. It’s a five-mile round-trip with a 300- elevation gain. You’ll discover interesting geological areas, dramatic beach views, coastal bluffs, and of course, the lush forest. Be sure to bring a picnic along!


Other State Parks Near Sea Rock Inn

If you like the Jug Handle State Reserve, then you’re going to love the other parks surrounding Sea Rock Inn. The Mendocino Headlands State Park, for example, is another testimony to the beauty of Northern California. This beautiful outdoor location borders Mendocino on three sides and offers great hiking opportunities. Its trails suit both couples looking for a stroll and more advanced hikers wanting to experience its natural features.

Another park we recommend to our guests is the Russian Gulch State Park. Not only is it close to our B&B, but it’s also the perfect hiking spot. The park’s Fern Canyon Trail takes you down a mile-long path through the redwoods and includes a beautiful waterfall. If you take the Headlands Trail, you’ll encounter the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a stunning sea cave that makes for the perfect picture! 


Book Your Stay at Sea Rock Inn Today!

View of the property facing the ocean under orange skyOur gorgeous inn offers one of the most relaxing experiences in Northern California. As soon as you come through our doors, you’ll feel all your worries disappear.  Get close to the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and take a relaxing walk in our blooming garden! Sea Rock Inn is also the perfect place to watch a sunset with a glass of wine in hand. All our rooms include simple, luxurious bedding and relaxing decor. Browse our selection today and pick your favorite!

Junior Suite 18 is one of our most popular rooms with the comfiest queen bed. You can curl up by the fireplace with a good book, take a hot shower and slip into a luxurious robe. Then, you can dream the night away! When you wake up the next morning, throw a blanket over your shoulders and step out outside to watch the sunrise over the ocean. There’s nothing more magical than connecting with nature and breathing in all the magnificent gifts it has to offer. Did we mention our delicious breakfast? You’ll love our selection of freshly-baked pastries.


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