Gualala Point Regional Park


What? : A small park with a nice beach and cliff with ocean viewpoint.


Where? :  Gualala Point Regional Park is a small coastline park located at the mouth of the Gualala River in north corner of Sonoma County, just south of Gualala town and 36 miles north of Jenner on hwy 1.

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Due note: Gualala Point Regional Park features a small campground (located on the east side of the park)


My thoughts: We planned a short stop here on our way north for observation and to starch our lags, but we stayed there for about an hour and a half. At the bay, about 150 meters from the shore, there were 3 whales that just swimming there for a long time.

Additional Nearby attractions:

Russian Gulch State Park

- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

- Skunk Train roundtrip from Fort Bragg to inland Northspur

- MacKerricher State Park

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park.

- Little River State Park

- Van Damme Beach State Park

Point Arena Lighthouse


The visit:


A small park with a very long beach on the mouth of the Gualala river.

The park is popular with day hikers, beachcombers, picnickers, birders and whale-watchers.

Most of the park is flat open grassland, the short trails will take you along the coastal sea cliffs, to the sandy beach and near the Gualala River.

The downside of this beach that it is relatively far from the parking lot (about half a mile)


The hike:

Less than 2 miles easy hike that will take you to the bay viewing point and from there to the seashore dunes.


South of Gualala Point beach on hwy 1:

Sea Ranch Chapel:

33.6 miles north of Jenner on hwy 1, you can see on your right (going north) the small interesting building, this chapel is open to the public and has a parking lot.

Just stop and take some pictures and admire the interesting building.


Black Point Beach:

28.8 miles north of Jenner on hwy 1, you can see on your left (going north) the entrance to the small parking lot.

Short hike at the open meadow and down 3 floors of stairs to access beach long but secluded beach itself.

There are few other beaches at this cost stretch.