The Healdsburg Ridge Trail is clearly Healdsburg’s best real estate. Throughout this beautiful property you’ll find breathtaking views of the Mayacamas, Fitch Mountain, Lake Sonoma Basin, coastal range and the Russian River at River’s Bend. Situated right on the urban edge of Healdsburg, these trails wander through oak woodland, serpentine chaparral and mixed evergreen forests. This lovely, natural preserve abounds with wildlife and opportunities for future hiking, picnicking, and educational field trips. In partnership with the City of Healdsburg and the community, the District continues to improve this rich Open Space Preserve for public recreation and the protection of all the valuable natural resources. (The Preserve was created through District acquisitions, Asborno and Fox Pond)”.
The Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. These communities support animals such as deer, jackrabbit, bobcat, coyote, mountain lion, and more than 40 species of birds. Visitors are invited to explore the current trail network and check out the spectacular vistas throughout the property. Trails are easy to moderate hiking (2-3 miles) taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (District) and the City of Healdsburg invite you to explore the new Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. Since July 1996, the District has protected the prominent ridgeline east of Healdsburg through the purchase of three conservation easements. In 2003, the District had the opportunity to purchase the remaining fee title interest in two of those parcels to create the 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. By partnering with the City of Healdsburg, the District now offers public access to a wildland area right outside the City of Healdsburg.
The intent of the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve is to protect and enhance its natural and visual resources and to provide “passive” recreational activities for public use. The City of Healdsburg’s Community Services Department is working with LandPaths, a local non-profit organization, to provide maintenance and management, educational outings, and to help organize volunteers to monitor the property and keep the trails and trailhead clean.
Please enjoy this Open Space Preserve in a manner that ensures the protection of plants and animals that live here. Visitors are welcome to walk, hike or jog, observe birds, animals, plants and nature. Dogs are welcome to the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve on paved trails only. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times and owners are required to clean up after their pets. Please stay on designated trails and out of sensitive areas such as wetlands, riparian areas, and the serpentine chaparral.
- From Highway 101, take the Dry Creek exit and go east.
- Turn left (north) on Healdsburg Avenue and go about 1 mile.
- Turn right (east) onto Parkland Farms Boulevard and travel to the eastern end of the road (about ¾ miles).
- Turn right onto Bridle Path and look for on-street parking.
- Trailhead is at the eastern end of Arabian Way.
Healdsburg Park and Recreation Department 707-431-3301
Fire or Medical Emergency 911 or 707-431-3360
Resource Management—Open Space District 707-565-7360 www.sonomaopenspace.org
Volunteer Patrol Opportunities—LandPaths 707-431-3302
Learn about our outings and events at: www.sonomaopenspace.org