7 Must See Spots On The Russian River
There are so many must see spots on the Russian River so to break it down for you we have selected the top 7 locations that we think you will enjoy the most! This is a great location if you are going on vacation, looking for a place to hang out over the weekend, or if you are going to go out for just the day. There are so many beautiful spots that are great for picnics, hikes, and parties. Check out the top 7 must see spots on the Russian River and decide for yourself which ones you are going to plan on this summer!
#1 Vacation Beach
Vacation beach is an excellent spot to visit. The summer dam makes water on one end more shallow and slow moving for children to swim in and the other side is deeper for adults. It is also a great picnic spot with a small park with picnic tables and a playground that makes this one of my favorite must see spots on the Russian River.
#2 Old Cazadero Road
Another one of the must see spots on the Russian River is located at the end of Old Cazadero Road where there is a barricade. This road used to connect Guerneville to Cazadero however it is not longer an option for vehicles. That doesn't stop hikers and bikers from going up there and traveling this path, enjoying the views, and possibly having lunch on the hillside. It is one of the most beautiful spots on the Russian River.
#3 Armstrong Woods
The next one of the must see spots on the Russian River is a little more well known. Armstrong Woods is just two miles from Guerneville and the Russian River. Besides having some of the largest and tallest redwoods in the world, Armstrong Woods is also known for it's small creeks, camping and picnic spots, and wildlife. This is the perfect spot for all ages and has both flat trails and high steep trails that are great for everyone to check out the majestic redwoods and enjoy reconnecting with nature.
#4 Jenner Where The Russian River Meets The Pacific
Jenner is one of my favorite must see spots on the Russian River. Jenner is where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. There are tons of things to do in Jenner including seal and whale watching, making sand castles, swimming, coastal dining, romantic lodging, and watching the sun set! Jenner is an absolutely gorgeous place to spend the day and if your lucky maybe you will see the nesting pair of bald eagles that have been gracing the shores recently.
#5 Austin Creek
Although not technically on the Russian River, Austin Creek is located about 15 minutes from the Russian River and is one of the must see spots on the Russian River because of the overwhelming tranquility of it. This creek is inundated with crystal clear waters and is quiet and serene. It is the perfect spot to get in some meditation or relax with a good book.
#6 Johnson's Beach In Guerneville CA
Johnson's Beach is perhaps the most well known places here in West Sonoma County and has also made it onto my list of must see spots on the Russian River because of it's draw. Johnson's Beach has a little of everything for everyone. There are canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats available to rent for the day, as well as sun bathing, swimming, fishing, bird watching, and sand for the kids to play in. They have a food stand for snacks or you can bring lunch and enjoy the day on the beach...but don't forget your sunscreen!
#7 Bullfrog Pond
The last of the must see spots on the Russian River is Bullfrog Pond. If you travel through Armstrong Woods and go up the windy road at the end you will come to Bullfrog Pond set above the redwoods. The views from up there go on for miles and miles and there are some great picnic tables, as well as a campground that offer fun for the whole family or a romantic afternoon with your partner. There are trails for hiking and biking and tons of wildlife!