Area Activities


Around the Woodlands is a wealth of all kinds of activities. If you can tear yourself away from camp, you might want to check out the places listed below, all within a half hour’s drive. For lots more area information, see


the water world nearby

Big River: swimming and canoeing (rentals available); studying the river, marsh and tidewater ecology
Coastal State beaches and tide pools
The Mendocino Headlands
Albion River
Little River
Jughandle Creek
Ten Mile River
Kayak Rentals at Van Damme State Park Beach


the town of mendocino

The picturesque town of Mendocino is just 11 miles from the Woodlands, and is well known for its 19th-century charm. The town has lots of fine art galleries, shops and restaurants. Art classes are offered at the Mendocino Art Center.


fort bragg & noyo harbor

The nearby town of Fort Bragg, 8 miles north of Mendocino, provides most of the necessities and many of the pleasures of life. There is a variety of food and hardware stores, a hospital, many fine restaurants, a growing number of galleries, and a movie theater. The Skunk Train can be boarded in Fort Bragg for a fun trip with stunning scenery.