Located on the old railroad right of way, the West County and Joe Rodota Trail is a paved multi-use trail that connects downtown Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Graton, and Forestville. Together, the West County and Joe Rodota Trails total 14 miles in length of paved paths and dirt trails and run from the Prince Memorial Greenway in Santa Rosa to downtown Sebastopol (Joe Rodota Trail) and from there to Forestville (West County Trail). The paved portion of these two trails, which is most of the Joe Rodota Trail and the southern half of the West County Trail, is suited to walking, biking, and roller skating. Significant portions of both trails are open to walking, biking, and horseback riding.
The 8.5-mile Joe Rodota Trail meanders along the Santa Rosa creek and then out into ranch lands and, finally, the Laguna de Santa Rosa, as it enters Sebastopol. It offers pleasant views of ancient oak tree and the surrounding hillside, and is ideally suited for year-round bird watching and viewing seasonal wildflowers.
The 5.5-mile West County trail runs through grasslands, wetlands, vineyards, orchards, ranches, and oak woodlands.
Dogs are permitted on leash.
Parking is available at the trailheads in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Forestville, and also in Graton.
Oak woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, meadows, oaks, firs, pines, redwoods, maples, wildflowers, views
Download the Official West County and Joe Rodota Trail Map (PDF)
Map credit: Sonoma County Regional Parks