A permit-for-use 3,373 acre addition to the existing Sonoma Coast State Park lands, Willow Creek offers a 15-mile network of ranch and logging roads leading to numerous trails, perennial streams, and scenic overlooks. Trails connect with adjacent State Park lands (Pomo Canyon and Shell Beach), allowing hikers and bikers to trek from Duncans Mills to Shell Beach, approximately 7 miles each way. The park features forests and grasslands with stunning views of the ocean, including the popular “Islands in the Sky” loop. Access is from Duncans Mills off Freezeout Road (with parking lot through locked gate), at the end of Willow Creek Rd off Coleman Valley Rd (extremely limited parking on road), or off Coleman Valley Road (extremely limited parking on road) for current valid permit holders only.
To access the upper reaches of Willow Creek, you must attend a mandatory orientation offered through Landpaths to get a park permit.
Ocean views, grasslands, wildflowers, redwood trees, douglas fir trees, bay trees, historic barns