Stornetta Public Lands

Coastal Highway 1

For fabulous bird-watching, hiking on terraced rock past sea caves and access to hidden coves, head 1 mile down Lighthouse Rd from Hwy 1 and look for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signs on the left indicating these 1132-acre public lands. The best, most dramatic walking trail leads along the coast for about 3.5 miles and also begins on Lighthouse Rd from a small parking area about a quarter-mile before the lighthouse parking area.

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Nearby Coastal Highway 1 attractions

1. Point Arena Lighthouse

2.41 MILES

This iconic lighthouse was constructed in 1870, destroyed in a 1906 earthquake and then rebuilt in 1908. It remains the tallest on the US West Coast (tied…

2. Artists' Collective in Elk

13.85 MILES

Tucked into a tiny clapboard house looking across the road to the ocean, this gallery is run as a cooperative by 30 local artists and is a fascinating…

3. Gualala Arts Center

15.26 MILES

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4. Philo Apple Farm

16.3 MILES

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5. Husch Vineyards

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The oldest vineyard in the valley serves exquisite tastings inside a rose-covered cottage.

6. Navarro Vineyards

16.77 MILES

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7. Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

16.78 MILES

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8. Toulouse Vineyards

16.82 MILES

Sample standout (and organic!) Pinot Gris, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir from a stunning hilltop tasting room tucked into the forest.