Hendy Woods State Park features two old-growth redwood groves; Big Hendy with a self-guided discovery trail and Little Hendy. The Navarro River runs the length of the park. Located in the middle of the Anderson Valley wine district, this park is warmer and less foggy than redwood parks along the coast. The park is well known for a fallen redwood stump that was home for a man known locally as the Hendy Woods Hermit.
The two groves of redwoods and the park which was constructed around them bear the name of Joshua P. Hendy who, in the late 1800’s, first claimed this beautiful area as his own.
He found something within the peace and quiet of these moss encrusted groves that made him vow that neither saw nor ax would ever lay bare the inner bark of these giants, and true to his word he was, for as long as the land was his the trees were never harmed.
California was growing and the need for lumber was great. After Joshua P. Hendy died the groves were sold. Down came the giant trees in the outlying areas and off to the mills they were hauled. Timber was cut and removed from all sides of the big groves, but never was an order given to attack the giants standing there.
Hendy Woods was sold to the people of California in August of 1958, to become one of our finest state parks.
The 25 picnicking sites are located near the banks of the Navarro River in full view of Big Hendy Grove.
Two miles of nature trails guide the visitor through both Big and Little Hendy Groves. While hiking these please stay on the trail so that the forest floor will maintain its beauty untrammeled for generations to come.
Fishing has not been allowed in the park for several decades. Fishing is permitted in the Navarro River watershed down river from the bridge at the park entrance.
In the summer, swimming is popular as is kayaking and canoeing in late winter and early spring.
Year-round. Weather is changeable; recommend layered clothing. Campground closes in off season. Call 707-937-5804 for seasonal campground opening.
Fees: Day use fee. Fees charged for camping.
ADA Accessibility Notes
ADA campsites available.
For More Information, Contact:
California State Parks
18599 Philo-Greenwood Road, Philo, CA 95466
707-937-5804 · fax 707-937-2953