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Big River

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Address: Mendocino, CA

A beautiful estuary in which to observe nature.

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Great place to walk the dog and kids. Very nice beach, especially at low tide. If you bring your canoe the river is a an easy paddle up and back.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
kalin f
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The water is always super cold but you can let kids play there and even splash in the water yourself if you are careful.

Thank Alzor S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Great place to walk the dog and kids. Very nice beach, especially at low tide. If you bring your canoe the river is a an easy paddle up and back.

Thank kalin f
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Big River beach is beautiful, a real hidden gem. We found this on the 2nd day and spent most of the next day here. Worth a trip if you like the beach and the ocean.

Thank 102beckyuk
Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We took a pleasant, relaxing 45 minute stroll along the Big River path. The path is easy to navigate with views of the river and trees. Though hoping for some wildlife, in September we saw only a few birds. The walk makes for a fine pre-dinner or post-breakfast stretch.

Thank DulciTraveler
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A beautiful path to walk the changing scenery that is Big River. One minute the hot sun beats down then you you're cooled under that redwoods. If you have time, the folks riding canoes and kayaks looked like they had even better views. Either way, be sure to include the river in your Mendocino adventure.

Thank erik e
Tiburon, California, United States
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We used Catch a Canoe - gorgeous, fun and informative. Nature at its best and easy to access. Mendocino rules.

Thank Amy M
Mendocino, California
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

One of the most delightful sea and village scapes with delightful paths down to the beach from the quaint historic village of Mendocino

Thank annz2
Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We rode our bikes for the 1st time on the Big River Haul Rd today & discovered an almost perfect trail. Relatively flat & plenty wide enough to accommodate bikes, people & horses (no cars allowed). This is a well maintained dirt & gravel road. We rode out almost 7 miles, going from fog to sun then back again. What... More 

Thank Smalltownee
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Took the Catch a Canoe Eco solar tour. It was really peaceful and very pretty and of course less paddling.

1 Thank intelligentgirls
Pasadena, California
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

My husband and I took this hike on our last day in Mendocino and intended to walk at least 5 miles in and then 5 miles out. By mile 3 the mosquitoes were so bad we had to turn around. Would have been great if we had used bug spray before the walk.

Thank Grimm4Dee

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