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Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is a California state park, located in Sonoma County just north of Guerneville, California at 38°32′17″N 123°00′36″W / 38.538°N 123.01°W / 38.538; -123.01Coordinates: 38°32′17″N 123°00′36″W / 38.538°N 123.01°W / 38.538; -123.01[1].

The park preserves 805 acres (3.3 km²) of the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Coast redwoods are classified as temperate rain forests and they need wet and mild climates to survive. The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 in/year (1.4 m/year), almost all from September through June and predimonantly in winter. Additionally, the trees are often shrouded in fog, particularly during June through September, otherwise a dry season with little or no rain. This fog helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive during the summer.

The reserve includes a visitor center, outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. The best way to experience the redwoods is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free. It is also possible to drive into the park for $6. All of the park features are a short easy stroll along level trails that are disability accessible.

Although no camping is available in the redwood grove, there is a campground at Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the park. Austin Creek is accessed through the same entrance as Armstrong Redwoods and its rolling hills, open grasslands, conifers, and oaks are a contrast to the dense canopy of the redwood grove.


Tallest tree

The Parson Jones Tree is the tallest tree in the grove, measuring more than 310 ft (94 m) in height. This is longer than the length of a football field. A 0.1 mile (160 m) walk from the park entrance.

Oldest tree

The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870s. A half-mile (800 m) walk from the park entrance

The Icicle Tree

This tree shows the unusual burl formations often found on redwood trees. Burls can weigh many tons and grow hundreds of feet above the forest floor. Why these growths occur remains a mystery.

The Icicle Tree, looking up

The Discovery Trail

This trail offers a wheelchair accessible pathway, interpretive panels in Braille, and tree hugging platforms.

Armstrong Nature Trail

This self-guided nature trail is an easy stroll through the Grove and is also wheelchair accessible. Guides are available at the visitor center.

Horseback access

The East Ridge Trail and the Pool Ridge Trail are open to equestrians, although there are seasonal closures due to poor trail conditions in some winter months. Horse rentals are available though a private company that is adjacent to Armstrong Redwoods.

Park History

During the 1870s, the area was set aside as a natural park and botanical garden by Colonel James Armstrong. After his death, Armstrong's daughter and the Le Baron family mounted an energetic campaign involving public meetings, rallies and car-caravans to direct public attention to the need to preserve this last remnant of the once mighty redwood forest. Their efforts were successful, and in 1917 the County of Sonoma passed an initiative to purchase the property for $80,000.

The grove was operated by Sonoma County until 1934 when the state of California took over. In 1936 the grove was opened to the public as Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The grove's status was changed to a reserve in 1964 when a greater understanding of its ecological significance prompted a more protective management of the resource.

Proposed for closure

Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[2] As of May 2008, a temporary reprieve was granted, but the park's future is still uncertain for the long-term.


See also


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is in Sonoma County, California in the USA.



The reseve has stands of old growth redwoods, and younger redwoods as well. There are a number of hiking trails within the reserve, ranging from beginner level (paved) to more advanced.

Flora and fauna

Flora includes big redwoods, inclduing the 1,400 year-old Armstrong tree, triliums, and ferns.


$6 to bring a car into the park; free otherwise. Maps cost $0.50.

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