Looking for a new place to walk your four legged friend? The West County Regional Trail is the perfect spot. Stretching from Forestville on the north to Sebastopol on the south, this trail is 5.5 miles of outdoor fun. Your pooch will love this trail so much, you’ll probably get a big sloppy kiss of appreciation!
What was once the rail corridor of the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, is now a furrific trail that is mostly paved. Beginning in the quaint town of Forestville, the trial heads south through beautiful vineyards and postcard worthy orchards and farmland. A few miles into your walk, the trail crosses through Atascadero Creek Ecological Reserve. Follow the boardwalk through the wetland.
As you near the town of Graton, take a deep breath and smell the sweet fragrance wafting from the apple mills. Once you hit Graton, the trail merges with Occidental Road for about a mile before veering off to the south. Restrooms are located in this area. The last section of the trail takes you through more scenic vineyards and amazing Sonoma County landscape. Once you reach Sebastopol, if your pooch still has energy to burn, West County Regional Trail connects to the Joe Rodota Trail. You can continue walking until your pal eventually tuckers out.
Keep in mind this is a multi-use trail. You will encounter cyclists, joggers, and of course, other dog walkers. To elevate your experience on this trail, visit in either the spring or fall when the vineyards are particularly beautiful. As always, bring plenty of water and clean up bags. And if you don’t want to do an out and back hike, arrange for a pick up at the opposite trailhead from where you begin. No bones about it, your doggo will go mutts over this gorgeous countryside walk!