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Hendy Woods State Park
18599 Philo-Greenwood Road
Philo, CA 95466
(707) 937-5804 or 895-3141
© 2008 California State Parks (Rev. 2012)
H endy Woods State Park, less than three
hours from the bustling San Francisco Bay
Area, protects two magnificent ancient
redwood forests. Eighty-acre Big Hendy
and twenty-acre Little Hendy groves offer
peaceful surroundings and serenity broken
only by the sounds of nature. The beautiful
Navarro River plays a soothing counterpoint
to the distant tapping of woodpeckers and
the gentle wind in the trees.
Located inland, about eight miles
northwest of Boonville in the middle of the
Anderson Valley, the park is warmer and
less foggy than redwood parks along the
coast. High and low temperatures between
November and March can range from the
high 50s to the low 30s at night. From April
through October, daytime temperatures
range from the low 60s to low 100s, and from
the low 40s to the low 50s at night. Layered
clothing is recommended year round.
The presence of the Pomo people in
this area dates back thousands of years.
Their traditions included respect for their
surroundings and the plants and animals
that inhabited them. These huntergatherers lived by the seasons, shaping
their territories to fit their needs. Their
stewardship included pruning, burning off
underbrush, planting grasses to attract game,
and harvesting in a manner that ensured
healthy new growth.
The Pomo’s harmony with their
surroundings was brought to an end with
the arrival of newcomers, who saw the native
people as a ready labor force. After depleting
the area’s natural resources, these settlers laid
claim to Pomo lands. The Pomo attempted
to resist these losses, but hard labor, clashes
with settlers, and diseases to which they had
no immunity decimated their numbers. Today,
Pomo descendants occupy a small portion of
their ancestral lands, and are reviving their
language and traditions and passing them on
to their children.
Joshua P. Hendy
Joshua P. Hendy vowed never to allow his
ancient redwoods to be cut down, and he
was as good as his word. Born in England in
1822, Hendy came to California in September
1849. However, he was not interested in
finding gold. His practical approach was to
get to know the area well enough to provide
what his neighbors needed. Since
construction materials were in
demand, Hendy’s first venture
was a redwood lumber mill. Soon
after, Hendy had a string of highly
successful lumber mills.
Hendy then observed that gold
mining was progressing from hand
tools to more complex methods of
extracting gold. In 1856 he founded
the Joshua Hendy Iron Works and
manufactured mining equipment,
some of which is still in use today.
Hendy grew to love his
home in the Anderson Valley,
and was determined that his
beloved nearby virgin groves be
preserved. Though large stands of redwoods
surrounding Hendy’s groves were logged
after his death, Big Hendy and Little Hendy
were spared for the enjoyment and wonder
of future generations.
Flora and Fauna
The most outstanding features of this 845acre park are the two redwood groves on
the flats along the Navarro River. Some of
these trees stand more than 300 feet tall and
may be close to 1,000 years old. Madrones,
Douglas firs and California laurels share
the cool shade of the redwoods. Massive
stumps and fallen trees lie covered in moss.
Beneath the old-growth giants, ferns and
redwood sorrel blanket the ground, and soft,
decomposed redwood duff mutes all sound
to a mellow hush.
Fallen redwood tree root system
and mountain lions stalk
and small animals
such as raccoons,
seen among berry bushes, and
Steller’s jays, thrushes and
woodpeckers add to the restful
sounds of wind in the trees.
Camping, hiking and day use
offer an opportunity to relax and
enjoy this special place. Fishing
is not permitted.
Trails—Big Hendy Trail is a
level, 1.6-mile trail. The Little
Hendy Trail is a short loop
through the grove. The Hermit
Hut Trail takes you where the
“Hendy Hermit,” a Russian
immigrant, once lived alone
among the trees. The Azalea
Creek Trail is a gentle walk
through the trees, and the Eagle
Trail is a service trail between
the day-use area and the
sit between Big Hendy and
Little Hendy groves. Azalea Campground
has 43 sites and Wildcat Campground has 49
sites; each site has a table, barbecue stove
and food locker. Piped drinking water and
restrooms with hot showers are nearby. Four
small cabins and a hike-and-bike camp offer
variety. Reserve these sites by calling (800)
444-7275 or visit www.parks.ca.gov.
Picnicking—Near the banks of the Navarro
River, 12 picnic sites with barbecue stoves
and tables overlook the Big Hendy Grove.
Exhibits and Programs—Enjoy Junior
Ranger nature walks and a campfire program.
Visitors are encouraged to call the park with
specific questions about accessibility or visit
• The Azalea Loop has four accessible
campsites; restroom accessibility varies.
• The All-Access Trail near the picnic area
is about one-half mile long. Big Hendy
Grove is accessible on hard-packed trails.
• The one-room Puma Cabin (at Wildcat
Campground) has a ramp, and accessible
restrooms are nearby.
• Dogs must be on a leash no longer than
six feet and in a tent or vehicle at night
(Please carry proof of rabies inoculation).
Except for service animals, dogs are not
allowed on trails.
• Build fires only in the camp or picnic
stoves provided. Do not gather dead
wood; you may purchase firewood at the
ranger station or from the camp host.
NEARBY STATE PARKS
• Navarro River Redwoods State Park
18 miles from Boonville along the
Navarro River and Hwy. 128.
Hendy Hermit’s hut
This park receives support in part from a
nonprofit organization. For information, contact
the Mendocino Area Parks Association
P.O. Box 1387
Mendocino, CA 95460