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A Family-Friendly Hike Even the Littlest Hikers Will Love


Family-Friendly Hike at Armstrong Redwoods Pioneer Nature Trail

Pioneer Nature Trail at Armstrong Redwoods SNR

It’s a challenge to find a family-friendly hike for everyone to enjoy when you have a stroller-aged kid, a kid that uses wheelchair or kids with varied hiking abilities.

Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve is the perfect place for the whole family to wander in the woods together. It’s a majestic grove of old-growth Redwoods near the Russian River in Sonoma County, a super easy day trip from the Bay Area.

Kids love running, strolling or wheeling the Pioneer Nature trail, a one-mile stroller and wheelchair-friendly loop close to picnic areas and restrooms.  Highlights include the 310 foot tall Parson Jones Tree, the 1,400 year old Colonel Armstrong Tree and most of all, the magical Icicle Tree, with burls growing high off the forest floor.  

The grove is full of learning (and photo) opportunities; it’s especially fun to hear your voice echo off the massive tree trunks.

Toddler hiking the Pioneer Nature Trail at Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve

Kids get up close to fallen Redwoods on a family-friendly hike on the Pioneer Nature Trail 

Tips for your Armstrong adventure:

  • To save the $10 parking fee you can park outside the gate at the Armstrong Redwoods’ visitor center and walk an extra 10 minutes.
  • The Discovery Trail has many Braille interpretive panels and a tree-hugging platform.
  • Cell service is spotty around the park.
  • Layer up; it’s foggy, shady and sunny all at once.
  • Dogs are allowed, but have to remain on the paved path at all times.
  • Coffee Bazaar in Guernville is only a 4 minute drive away.  What could be better than a foggy morning hike with the family and coffee?

Have you been to Armstrong Redwood SNR?  Do you have another favorite family-friendly hiking destination? Pop into our Facebook page and share your pics.  We’d love to see how your family has fun!

Kids sitting on a giant Redwood log on the Pioneer Nature Trail, a family-friendly hike at Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve

After an easy hike kids rest on giant Redwood log on the Pioneer Nature Trail.

If your kids are hooked on outdoor adventures we have some great options for them to unplug this summer.  Learn more about some fun, nature exploration classes and camps from our partners.


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