By Alex Balderston

Mendocino County is surrounded by gorgeous scenery that would be wonderful to visit at any point in the year. If you are stationed at USCG Station Noyo River, you have the perfect opportunity to take advantage of these beautiful locations. This article will go over five things to do in Mendocino County, though this is just scratching the surface of what you can find if you look hard enough!

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The B. Bryan Reserve

If you are looking for things to do in Mendocino County, California, the B. Bryan Reserve is a great place to start. This reserve is dedicated to preserving and breeding African hoofstock, with over 100 acres of preserve to home their animals.

Within this reserve there are multiple breeds of antelope, zebras, and the critically endangered Nubian Giraffe. Tours of the B. Bryan Reserve are available in either self-driving tours or guided tours, each of which end with a hand-feeding of the giraffe. If you enjoy learning about and interacting with unique animals, this will surely be a good time.

Montgomery Woods

Another great place to visit in Mendocino County is visiting the Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. This reserve is home to a coastal redwood grove and fern forest, which incorporates a collective total of 2,743 acres of land.

Not only is it a wonderful place for a picnic, but there is also a three-mile trail in the reserve that goes upstream from Montgomery Creek to five separate redwood groves that have never been logged. This spot is perfect for anyone who likes to surround themselves with the beauty of nature.

Glass Beach

If inlands are not your style, how about going to the coast to enjoy the Glass Beach? There are actually three glass beaches, all formed from former city trash dump sites that eventually transformed the trash into smooth, colored sea glass. Glass Beach is a beautiful place to explore, just make sure not to take anything with you.

Mendocino County Fair

For those of you who are looking for something more than just scenery and relaxation, how about the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, which is a tradition that started almost 100 years ago. This festival only comes once a year, but it boasts a flourishing wine industry and holds bountiful displays such as:

  • Floral displays
  • Home-canned specialties
  • Feature booths
  • Tatted, quilted, knitted and other domestic items
  • Photographs
  • Paintings
  • Taste tests of their apples, cider, and local wines
  • Football games
  • C.C.P.R.A Rodeo
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Classic Car Show
  • A parade

If any of this sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the Mendocino County Fair.

Mendocino County’s Farmers Markets

As the last, but certainly not least, place to visit in Mendocino County, Mendocino County’s Farmers Markets provide tons of fun and great food to enjoy if you choose to visit. At this farmers market, you are given access to vegetables, fruits, and related agricultural products that are locally grown. The farmers market is also meant to facilitate and provide educational opportunities to encourage other potential growers.

There Are Plenty More Activities To Enjoy

While the goal of this article was to give you a good idea of things to do in Mendocino County, it is hard to list all of them here. For anyone staying at USCG Station Noyo River, there are plenty of options around you to explore in Mendocino County.

Things to do are plentiful, but hopefully this article provides you with some good options for the next time you need to find somewhere fun to enjoy.

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