The Best Nature Spots on the Mendocino Coast

By theresa | November 18, 2015

imgresThe Mendocino Coast of California is beautiful and unlike any other. The beautifully clear, turquoise oceans are a sight to see and the the nearby foilage is bursting with fresh color from the flowers. The region is full of natural sights and attractions that also fit into this category. It’s perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors and nature.

Here are some popular attractions in Mendocino that any nature enthusiast will enjoy:

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Visit the Mendocino Botanical Gardens to explore a variety of plant species and other interesting species. You can see what’s in bloom on their website. Witness everything from mushroom species to vegetable gardens, fuchsias, dahlias, and more. The Gardens are known for their Rhododendrons–and they smell great, too! In the months of March and April, these tender hybrid species tower overhead and leave a trail of petals on the pathways.

The Mendocino Botanical Gardens are great for photographers, as well, looking to capture beautiful photos of the interesting floral.

Glass Beach

Glass Beach is a natural wonder that is worth a visit if you are ever in the Mendocino area. The beach is covered in what looks like bits of glass, however, these sparkling little rocks are actually little sea glass stones. The sea glass is left over from years of people–but a hometown tale says the glass pieces are left over from Mermaid tears. There are a variety of stones that are worth hunting for, but unfortunately, removing these stones is not allowed.

Regardless, visiting Glass Beach is a great experience if you want to search for the rare ruby reds or sapphire gems left over from old apothecary bottles.

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

This is a remote location for California’s 31 redwood parks. It’s great for birdwatching and exploring nature trails. Follow the trail through Montgomery Creek upstream to five redwood groves to see an area that has never been touched. Though this trail is about three miles long, the hike is well worth it to see the giant species of trees and other natural elements within the parks.

About the Author: Kate is a guest contributor from The Inns of Glendeven, offering Bed and Breakfast rooms, cottages, and houses in Mendocino, California.

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