Walking in Sonoma County…mostly

walking for those with bad knees, bad habits or bad attitudes

Short Walk, Long Lunch at Stillwater Cove

Ocean view. Homemade sandwiches. Store bought drinks. What a lunch.

On a recent trip up the coast, we decided to stop at Stillwater Cove, 16 miles north of Jenner on Hwy 1.

Stillwater Cove

We parked at the day use lot in the Stillwater Cove Regional Park. After a slow ride up the coast from Bodega Bay, we decided to check out the accommodations for the campers. Several abalone divers were cleaning their equipment. Under the trees, this looked like a good campground.

Downhill from the parking lot is a path into a lush redwood canyon along Stockhoff Creek. One trail loops along the creek headed inland, and another loop crosses the creek and goes up to Fort Ross Schoolhouse. (Each loop is less than a mile. The schoolhouse is a one-room school founded in 1885, but moved to this site in 1943.)

California Corn Lily

We took a route along the creek, crossed Hwy 1 (very carefully) to the beach. On a warm late summer day, the beach was fairly crowded. Some people had come with abalone divers, but some came for lunch and frolic at this beautiful spot.

Stillwater Cove Beach

We ate. We watched people and the ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

At the beach are picnic tables and basic toilet facilities. Bring water, food and toys. Dogs okay on leash – as was ours. Use your annual pass for parking or day use is $7.

Redwood Inside-Out Flower

Coming Soon – our visit to Gualala.

Lynn Millar

Photos by Mike Millar

Sad note: State Coast at Russian Gulch, Vista Trail and Fisk Mill still closed. (Salt Point open at Gerstle Cove – though only bathroom at campground is open.)

About these ads

2 comments on “Short Walk, Long Lunch at Stillwater Cove

  1. marlene alves
    September 20, 2012

    Thank you, Lynne, for your interesting & informative postings & lovely photography; I’d started out with hopes to become a “walker” (with the Walkabouters, initially), but got waylaid by foot problems and fell back into my usual: vicarious living through blogs. Sad, but true.

    Much appreciation,
    Marlene Alves

    • badwalker
      September 20, 2012

      Marlene – Hope you can get back out there. Vicarious walking helps. I think many people visit the site for the pictures. Maybe you can join us for the October 20th walk at Armstrong Woods. Less than 2 miles, small hill, a few steps – we’ll stop to hug a tree. Take care. – Lynn

What would you add or ask?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on September 20, 2012 by in Coast and tagged , , , , .

Lynn Millar

I am a writer of short stories, poems, plays and two someday-they’ll-be novels.

Join my walks on Saturday mornings -October 11, 10am, Sonoma Valley Regional. Check out Groups and Other Walks page for more.

The pictures are by my husband and walking companion.

Meanwhile back to walking…Click below to subscribe, or on your favorite area to walk.

Enter your email address & respond with Yes! to email from WordPress for your free weekly walk.

Join 1,156 other followers


List of Things to Bring


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,156 other followers

%d bloggers like this: