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“Great area to canoe or hike”
Review of Big River

Big River
Ranked #8 of 23 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: A beautiful estuary in which to observe nature.
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“Great area to canoe or hike”
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

What a superb area to explore while floating up river. Lots of wildlife to view. Walking the beaches and tide pools is a great way to spend an afternoon. One note the wind can really blow.

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Mendocino, California
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“A favorite destination!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Canoeing and kayaking on the river is beautiful. There is a great trail on the north side of the river for walking, biking, viewing wildlife. One of my favorite experiences in Mendocino!

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Restful and reinvigorating”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

The river empties into the Mendocino waters, and is quite a wonderful contrast to the nearby coast. Here, time slows down, and the forest atmosphere prevails. Really a different, wonderful world. The views, light, and prevailing spirit are always enjoyable. We hope to kayak it soon.

Visited February 2014
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El Dorado Hills, California
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“Hike, canoe or beachcombing”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

The Big River, which meets the ocean just south of the village of Mendocino, is one of several favorite places to hike and explore when we visit the area. There's an old logging trail that follows the river for miles, bordered by beautiful redwood forest, great for hiking or mountain biking. Where the river meets the ocean, there is a beach area (depending on tides) where you can explore or just kick back and enjoy the scenery. And on the south side of the river there is a business that rents canoes, maybe kayaks too (not sure) that you can paddle up and down the Big River. Something to consider if you're thinking of canoeing up the river -- it is a tidal river, meaning the direction of flow changes with the tides. So if you paddle far up river and then want to paddle back when the tide is coming in, you're going to be paddling against the current plus usually the wind coming off the ocean. Something we learned the hard way years ago. But it's a beautiful place to canoe, or hike.

Visited January 2014
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Mendo-county
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“Wonderful place to Kayak”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

Great smooth wide kayaking river, but dont go too far up if you're in bad shape, as the wind on your face on the way back to the beach can be very difficult to fight against! Very quiet place, with lots of wildlife, including a curious seal or otter.

Visited December 2013
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