Hendy Woods State Park cabin
Far back in Anderson Valley lies an ancient redwood forest that few ever see. Hendy Woods State Park is an absolute gem in Mendocino County with 92 campsites and four small, stand-alone cabins. If your idea of camping is a roof over your head, opt for a cabin. Huckleberry and Wood Rose sit side-by-side, Puma is wheelchair accessible, and Ring Tail next door sits deepest in the campground. There’s no electricity and the double-person bunks don’t include mattresses, so bring everything you would for camping (minus the tent). A wood-burning stove can keep things toasty, but with summer temperatures ranging from the 60s to the 90s, you probably won’t need one. The 845-acre park is home to two redwood groves along the flats of the Navarro River: Big Hendy and Little Hendy. Spend a day relaxing on the riverbanks or take a 1.6-mile (round-trip) walk among 300-foot coastal redwoods on Big Hendy Grove’s Upper Hendy Loop Trail.  This was the home of the Pomo people for thousands of years, and more recently the “Hendy Hermit”, a Russian immigrant who built a hut from a fallen redwood and resided there for more than a decade. Hike to the hermit’s abode and crawl inside for a glimpse into his life. You'll appreciate your bare-bones cabin back at camp all the more.

BONUS: Like so many of California’s amazing state parks, Hendy Woods is threatened with closure. On July 11, Kris Kristofferson will headline a benefit concert in Mendocino. Visit hendywoods.org for more information.

Camping at Hendy Woods State Park is $35 per night. The cabins are $50 per night. Make reservations through ReserveAmerica.com or call the park directly at 707-895-3141 to inquire about availability and cancelations. The Puma cabin is wheelchair accessible. The campground is dog-friendly!