Bucolic, semi-rural, and surrounded by trees, Redwood Valley, CA is certainly in a beautiful spot! Though the area only got its name in 1920, Redwood Valley does have an interesting history -- notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart operated here during the California Gold Rush. Known as a "gentleman bandit" due to his soft-spoken English accent, the outlaw often left poetic messages behind at the scene of his robberies, and the citizens of Redwood Valley remember him with an annual parade. Your pooch is welcome to join, as long as they’re leashed!
These days, Redwood Valley is most famous by far for its wineries -- there are over a dozen in the area, producing reds, whites, and roses. With a population of just over 1,700, Redwood Valley may be small, but there’s certainly room for a veterinary clinic, and 24-hour care is available in nearby Ukiah.
Redwood Valley doesn’t have its own dog park, but you two are still sure to sniff out something to do! Lions Club Park on East Road is a furrific little spot for a leashed walk. And, if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find a pawesome dog park, as well as some excellent hiking options, just a short drive away!
If you and your pup are looking to get back to nature, Mendocino National Forest is a pawfect place to do it! The forest itself is huge -- covering over 900,000 acres, it’s the only national forest in California not to be crossed by a major road or highway, so it’s an ideal place to truly get lost in the wilderness. (Do look up a map, though. No one wants to get quite that lost!) There’s truly a trail here for every age and ability, and the scenery varies from forest to canyon to river to lake. Make sure to bring enough food, bags and water to last the trip!