Search for Sea Arches at the Mendocino Headlands State Park

Here in Mendocino County, there are a variety of beautiful parks to explore. And one of our favorites is the Mendocino Headlands State Park. This gorgeous landscape has many activities available to keep you occupied throughout the day. From gentle trails to rugged coastline, the views are beyond spectacular. The adventurer will love wandering miles of winding trails along the cliffs and searching for sea arches and secret hideaways by the shore. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy a day discovering the Mendocino Headlands State Park!

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Basic Information

There are some general facts about the Mendocino Headlands State Park that are quite helpful for visitors to know. To start, the Mendocino Headlands State Park surrounds Mendocino on three sides. This makes it not only a very large park but also an interesting one as well because of all of the different types of terrain throughout. Another great fact is that it is completely free to explore. Lastly, this is day park only. Therefore, there is no camping allowed.

Hiking in the Mendocino Headlands State Park 

When you decide to visit the Mendocino Headlands State Park, you have a few different activities to choose from. The first and most popular is hiking. With trails ideal for a leisurely stroll, the park is perfect for a romantic date adventure or a fun hike with friends. And the views along the way are simply breathtaking! Make your way around rugged cliffs that will showcase the beauty of the surrounding nature and ocean. When the Mendocino Headlands State Park weather is nice, you will enjoy refreshing sea breezes and blossoming flowers in a variety of colors. You may even see dolphins in the waves below. In the fall and winter, you will love our whale season. During this time of year, you may get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see these magnificent creatures migrate up and down our coast.

The Historic Ford House

If you are looking for a little history, the Mendocino Headlands State Park has that to offer you as well. Go to the Historic Ford House, which serves as the visitor center for the park. While you are there, learn more about the history of our area and town. Peruse old photographs and artifacts in the early settlement permanent exhibits. While you browse, learn about what life was like here in the beginning of the Redwood foresting days. The circa 1854 home will offer you a broad selection of items on display. They go all the way back to the days when the Pomo Native Americans lived in the area. 

Big River Beach

Lastly, one of the best parts of the Mendocino Headlands State Park is Big River Beach. You can access this favorite beach by car or by trail. Enjoy a picnic on the sandy shore, go for a walk with your toes in the water, or just simply relax and soak in some sunshine. Whichever you choose, you will have a great time at Mendocino Headlands State Park’s Big River Beach!

Your Top Destination: Mendocino, CA

It’s easy to see why California- especially Mendocino- is such a top destination for visitors each year. When you have options like peaceful beaches, lush forests, and gorgeous parks, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. During your stay in Mendocino, consider booking a sea cottage or suite at the Sea Rock Inn! Our cozy rooms offer comfort and luxury while also letting our guests soak in unbelievable views of cliffs and the ocean. Enter a state of full relaxation with one of our spa treatments before enjoying sunset views from your private porch. Contact our wonderful staff today and let us help you plan a fantastic trip to Mendocino and Sea Rock Inn!

Photo by: Miguel Vieira