Forestville Activities

Where the River meets the Redwoods

 

Welcome to the gateway of the Russian River Resort area.  This small town has a lot of access to the Russian River as well as hiking trails throughout the area.  Forestville is a great jumping off point to Healdsburg, Sebastopol, the Coast, Santa Rosa, and Wine Country.

In the morning, stop and have some breakfast or coffee at Journey's End Coffee House:

Journey's End Coffee House
6544 Front St.
Forestville
(707) 887-9647

Or at the acclaimed Farmhouse Inn.  This slice of heaven regular receives outstanding reviews.  For menu and web site, see www.farmhouseinn.com.  The menu is continually wonderful and changing and the atmosphere is lovely.

There are some cute spots to shop like R Honey Pots with pottery and beekeeping. Their site is at www.rhoneypots.com, where all pots are high fired, hand painted non-toxic original pieces.  Then off to Kozlowski Farms where some of the best jams and preserves are waiting along with a gift basket or two.  They are in a great farm setting and produce wonderful butters, vinegar, jams, jellies and much more.  They are open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and can be found at www.kozlowskifarms.com .  You can grab a sandwich here, or at MO'Z Deli:

MO'Z Deli 6536 Front Street #7, Forestville, CA 95436
Contact: Ray & Becky Chan
Phone: (707) 887-2476
FAX: (707) 887-2476
Email: ray7up@yahoo.com
Fresh ingredients are used in our gourmet entrees, salads, soups, sandwiches and scratch-baked goods. Sample our tasty espressos, coffees or teas. Full service catering features American & Chinese menus.

 

If canoes are more your speed, head to Burke's Canoe Trips to take a ride down the scenic Russian River.

Canoe Trips/Russian River

Burke's Canoe Trips8600 River Road, Forestville
P.O. Box 602, Forestville, CA 95436
Contact: Robert Burke, Linda Burke
Phone: (707) 887-1222
Website: www.burkescanoetrips.com
Canoe or kayak through the redwoods from Forestville to Guerneville on the magnificent Russian River. A 10-mile self-guided trip with return shuttle. Picnic, swim, sun- bathe, etc. View abundant wildlife. May-Sept.

 Just a block from Burke's Canoes, is the Le Petit Soleil vacation home.  It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 3 TV's, DVD, X Box/Sega hook ups, outdoor firepit, hot tub, bbq, large yard,and you can walk to the gourmet grocery store.  View this home on the Vacation Rentals Tab, All Accommodations.

On foot, you can begin at Steelhead Beach, where you'll have Russian River access, or the West County Trail may suit you.

Several other vacation properties in in the area as well.  Aqualina, Zen Breezes, Twin Oak and La Bonita and Olivet Vineyards are all in the area.

Olivet is a 3BR/3.5BA, each bedroom with a bathroom, on vineyards with hot tub:

After a wonderful day in the outdoors, stop in and have dinner at the Russian River Vineyards Restaurant,  a family-owned winery and restaurant in Sonoma County  just an hour north of San Francisco and fifteen minutes west of Santa Rosa, www. russianrivervineyards.com, or back to the wonderful Farmhouse Inn or for regular but tastey fair, good for the whole gang, try Andorno's Pizza!

 

 

Canoe Trips/Russian River

Burke's Canoe Trips8600 River Road, Forestville
P.O. Box 602, Forestville, CA 95436
Contact: Robert Burke, Linda Burke
Phone: (707) 887-1222
Website: www.burkescanoetrips.com
Canoe or kayak through the redwoods from Forestville to Guerneville on the magnificent Russian River. A 10-mile self-guided trip with return shuttle. Picnic, swim, sun- bathe, etc. View abundant wildlife. May-Sept.Example 1

 

R HONEY POTS

There are some cute spots to shop like R Honey Pots with pottery and beekeeping. Their site is at www.rhoneypots.com, where all pots are high fired, hand painted non-toxic original pieces.

KOZLOWSKI FARMS

Then off to Kozlowski Farms where some of the best jams and preserves are waiting along with a gift basket or two.  They are in a great farm setting and produce wonderful butters, vinegar, jams, jellies and much more.  They are open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and can be found at www.kozlowskifarms.com

 

Kozlowski Farms—Preserving Sonoma's wine country kitchen tradition.
At Kozlowski Farms, when we say—"it's just like grandma used to make"— we mean it. Founder Carmen Kozlowski continues to work on our family farm and her legendary jams are still, well, legendary. We use her recipes for our jams, apple butters, spreads and baked goods, and sustain her belief that the best foods from preserves to pies begin with the very best ingredients.
As one of Sonoma County's oldest family-owned working farms, we're big on tradition—the kind where everyone stops what they're doing and comes to the table.
Let's eat!
That means you too—visitors are always welcome at Kozlowski Farms. For more information, click on Visit the Farm.

 

Local Recreation

West County Joe Radota TrailThere are many recreational opportunities in the Forestville area, including hiking, fishing, and canoeing along the Russian River and its beaches.

Forestville Youth Park

7069 Mirabel Rd., Forestville.

The Forestville Youth Park hosts youth baseball, soccer, and many community gatherings throughout the year. The park's many large trees provide a shady place for summer picnicking and play, and through the years it has provided a safe and fun place for people to go. It was founded in 1960 and is at the center of the greater Forestville area.

The Youth Park is managed by volunteers, and claims to be the only public park in California supported entirely through private donations and fundraising. The main fundraising event is the annual Youth Park Barbeque. For more information, call (707) 887-0309.

Forestville River Access/Mom's Beach

10584 River Drive, Forestville

A short trail leads to a wide beach (known locally as "Mom's Beach"), perfect for swimming and enjoying the scenery. Fishing is excellent but challenging. A great place to spend an enjoyable day.

No lifeguards on duty. Open from sunrise to sunset, parking is free. For more information, visit Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Steelhead Beach Regional Park

9000 River Road, Forestville

Seasonal fishing and access to the Russian River for small craft such as drift boats, kayaks, and canoes. An excellent spot for birding, viewing river wildlife, and for picnicking.

There are no lifeguards on duty at the beach area. Open from sunrise to sunset, parking is $4 a day for day use. For more information, visit Sonoma County Regional Parks.

West County Joe Radota Trail

South end of First St. near the American Wine Building in Forestville

The West County Trail is paved for walking, bicycle riding, and roller skating. It runs along the abandoned railroad line that was once the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, a line that linked Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Forestville.

Designated as a Community Millennium Trail, the trail offers beautiful views of farms, vineyards, and other agricultural lands, giving a hint of what Sonoma County looked like before development.

The trail currently ends off of Front Street in Forestville, but there are plans in the future to continue construction of the trail on to Steelhead Beach. For more information, visit Russian River Travel.

 

Bicycle Rentals:

Spoke Folk Cyclery

201 Center Street, Healdsburg
1-707-433-7171

Getaway Wine Country Bike Tours & Rentals

(delivered to your door)
1-800-499-BIKE

Wine Country Bike Tours and Rentals

1-707-763-3074

 

 

 

 

 

 

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