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There’s no better way to take advantage of the wonderful weather the northern bay area experiences than by venturing out to the plethora of local state, county, and city parks found throughout the area, each with their own unique features.


Visit Petaluma’s Guide to Petaluma Parks highlights great options for everyone who enjoys outdoor activities from bird watching to dog walking to history enthusiasts. Some of our favorites include:

  • Shollenberger Park – An expansive park around Petaluma’s wetlands that include a peaceful place to exercise, walk your pet, and see beautiful wildlife. The 2 mile and 1 mile routes through the marsh provide options for a quick outing or a longer trek. A beautiful jewel of Petaluma!
  • Helen Putnam Regional Park – With myriad options for hikers or casual nature walkers, this large park provides views only Sonoma County hills could provide. Bring your fishing pole and visit the Cattail Pond!
  • Lucchesi Park – This nearly 30-acre park feature’s a premiere community center, large man-made pond, multiple play structures, baseball fields, picnic areas, and baseball diamonds. Catch the farmer’s market here on Tuesday afternoons!
  • Steamer Landing Park – The site of the annual Rivertown Revival festival, this little peninsula is surrounded by wetlands, the Petaluma River, and plenty of birdwatching opportunities. It’s conveniently located near downtown!


Nature trails, ocean views, vineyard bike rides, and forest walks are all moments away from Petaluma!

  • Trione-Annadel State Park – This large state park on the edge of Santa Rosa offers hikes for all skill levels, mountain biking, fishing, and nature lovers.
  • Taylor Mountain Regional Park – Hike among the grazing cattle up this picturesque mountain. Once at the top, a walk around the summit reveals wonderful views in every direction. Bring a picnic!
  • Point Reyes National Seashore – Crashing ocean breakers, vast oceanside cliffs, beautiful meadows and an abundance of wildlife are found in this treasured national park! Don’t miss the trip to the historic lighthouse!
  • Bodega Head – Panoramic ocean views, cliffside beaches, and some incredible clam chowder (you have to stop by Spud Point  Crab Company!) make this the perfect afternoon trip from Petaluma. The drive there is so lovely as well!
  • Olompoli State Historic Park – Hiking trails lead to several historic buildings, including the adobe home of Camilo Ynitia, the last hoipu or headman of the miwok community in the area.
  • Dry Creek Valley Wine Region – Grab your bike and enjoy a ride through this wonderful wine country full of hills, vineyards, wineries, shady trees, and local shops. The fresh air and fine wine is the perfect way to spend the day outside!