How to Plan the Perfect Day at the Mendocino Headlands State Park

view of the Mendocino Lighthouse with overlaying text saying download our free vacation guideNorthern California boasts many beautiful parks, especially along the coast near Mendocino! One of our favorites is the Mendocino Headlands State Park. This gorgeous landscape is a dream come true for nature lovers, and it’s only a short drive away from Sea Rock Inn! Indulge in exciting outdoor activities like hiking and biking, or explore the surrounding attractions. Read on to discover the best way to spend a day at Mendocino Headlands State Park! For more information on outdoor activities you can enjoy during your stay, download our free Vacation Guide! It has great recommendations for local restaurants, shops, events, museums, and more.


What You Can Do at the Mendocino Headlands State Park


General Information

As the Scout’s motto rightfully says: be prepared. The more you know about your destination, the more you’re able to enjoy it! Mendocino Headlands State Park surrounds Mendocino on three sides. This vast park is especially interesting because of its different types of terrain. Visitors free to explore the park’s treasures during the day, and trust us, there are many!

You can find parking just off of Highway 1, and access to the park is free. If you require a wheelchair or special accessibility, we recommend you call the park directly at (707) 937-9172 or email

Hike Along the Coast!

Hiking is the most popular activity at Mendocino Headlands State Park. With trails ideal for a leisurely stroll, the park is perfect for a romantic date or a fun hike with friends. Remember to bring your camera because the views along the way are simply breathtaking!

Make your way around the rugged cliffs that showcase the natural beauty of the area. During the warmer months, you can enjoy refreshing ocean breezes and blossoming flowers in a variety of colors. You may even see dolphins in the waves below! In the fall and winter, be on the lookout for whales. Whale watching is a popular activity that draws thousands of visitors each year.

Tip: Make sure you check out our weather page before coming to Mendocino. It has useful information on what to pack so you aren’t surprised by our unpredictable weather!

Explore the Surroundings

If you are interested in local history, Mendocino Headlands State Park offers that as well. Stop by the Historic Ford House which serves as the Visitor Center for the park. Here, you can learn more about the history of the area and peruse old photographs and artifacts in permanent exhibits. You’ll get to see what life was like during the beginning of the Redwood foresting days. This circa 1854 home has 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.

End your trip with a glorious sunset at Big River Beach! You can access this favorite beach by car or by hiking trail. Enjoy a late picnic on the sandy shore, dip your toes in the water, or simply relax and soak in the beautiful scenery in front of you.

Stay in the Most Romantic B&B in Northern California

Sea-Rock-Inn-Cottage 1 balcony viewMendocino is a top destination in Northern California. And, it’s one of the best picks for a romantic getaway! When you have options like peaceful beaches, lush forests, and gorgeous parks, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with the one you love.

Maximize your experience by staying at the best B&B in town: Sea Rock Inn! Our high-end inn offers comfort and luxury with unbelievable ocean views. Browse our rooms and suites to determine which one is best for you, then enter a state of relaxation with one of our spa treatments. In the evening, enjoy sunset views from your own private porch. Did we mention that a mouthwatering breakfast is served to you every morning? Waking up won’t be difficult anymore!


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