Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve is a beautiful, natural respite from the city, and the crowds of Muir Woods. It is a true gem located in Sonoma County.  

A.R. encompasses 805 acres. It is within the Austin Creek State Recreation Area that is approximately 5600 acres. There is no camping available in the redwood grove in Armstrong Woods, however, there is a small 22 site campground (Call first) at the Austin Creek Recreation Area, that you access through the entrance to Armstrong Woods. Google map this first, especially if you get carsick easily. The drive up to the campground is akin to an E ticket at Disney Land. It is a 2.5 mile circuitous, windy, one lane, no guard rail, scare fest to the top of the mountain. If there is no camping available here, there are a few local small campgrounds/B&B's available on River Road.  

 The best way to truly experience the park is to walk in, and walk the 1.5 mile Pioneer Nature Trail. The Armstrong Nature and Discovery trails are both wheelchair accessible. It is strongly advised against taking hikes off of marked trails, as 21,000 marijuana plants were found  and eradicated in the park in June 2005!  

 The reserve includes a visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. The picnic area is less than a mile from the park entrance. There are grills, picnic tables, and restrooms. A group picnic area is available to reserve. There is a maximum of 150 people permitted. There are sites for weddings.  Wedding photos are beautiful in the Redwoods. There is no electrical service in the picnic area. No amplified music is permitted.  

This is a must see if you are visiting Sonoma County. It is a beautiful, peaceful place, and makes a great day trip. This is one of the few places in the world where you will find old growth Redwood trees.   The website is: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450