Long summer days, great weather, and hours of fun adventures. Embark on one of these journeys — or do all three — to explore the Mendocino Coast and make amazing summer memories!
Here on the coast, the summer months are a wonderful time to visit. With bike trails, kayaking, and the world-famous Skunk Train, Fort Bragg offers countless opportunities to seek out adventure. Search for your new favorite spots and find hidden natural beauty that few others have seen when you choose one of these three options:
All aboard! Continuously operating since 1885, the Skunk Train features a variety of exciting trips for friends, couples, or the whole family.
From Fort Bragg, you have two great options: traveling in style on the Pudding Creek Express or renting a two-person railbike and taking a scenic tour of the Pudding Creek estuary. Both routes will take you along the estuary over to Glen Blair before returning to Fort Bragg. Along the way, you’ll observe wildlife frolicking in the warm summer weather and enjoy watching the topography change from seaside town to inland forest. Keep an eye out for blue herons, egrets, osprey, deer, and more!
The Pudding Creek Express, a 1-hour, 7-mile round-trip, departs from the Skunk Train Depot in Fort Bragg (100 W.
Laurel St.). Come as you are and be transported back to the early days of train travel as you take in the magnificent redwoods. The train features a bar car (refreshments include wine, beer, spirits, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks), as well as the ever-popular open-air car, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings. And, if you have your pet with you, the Skunk Train is dog-friendly (a separate dog ticket is required to ride). Tickets and more information are available at https://www.skunktrain.com/.
Want to experience rail travel in a way few others have? The Skunk Train’s one-hour Railbike tour will take you deep into the heart of nature — and help you get your workout in at the same time! These 2-person railbikes offer a unique and breathtaking opportunity to see the Redwood Route up close, from Fort Bragg to Glen Blair. Pedal along at your own pace; if you run out of steam, the railbikes have a motorized assist feature. Railbikes are ideal for a romantic expedition or a fun family outing. $79 to rent a two-person railbike, March through November. All skill levels welcome.
Our beautiful trail system invites you to enjoy them at your preferred pace, whether it’s a leisurely walk, a robust hike, or a brisk run. Prefer to hit the trails on a mountain bike or pedal along the waterfront? You’re in luck: Fort Bragg has miles of coastal and inland trails designed for cyclists.
Head to the Coastal Trail for beautiful views, informative plaques about our local ecosystem, and the sights, sounds, and scents of the Pacific Ocean. Two common entrances to the Coastal Trail are: at the intersection of Cypress Street and Main Street, and at the west end of Elm Street leading you to Glass Beach. You can also access the trail just north of the Pudding Creek trestle and through MacKerricher State Park.
Looking for more of a challenge? Jackson State Forest has some great mountain bike trails that will get your heart racing as you explore some of the 50,000 acres of California’s largest state-owned forest.
If you don’t have a bicycle, you can rent one from the Fort Bragg Cyclery (301 N. Main St.), . Also, some local lodgings, including the Beachcomber Motel and the Emerald Dolphin Inn, are equipped to provide bike rentals to their guests.
Take to the seas to discover secret coves, cut through the waves, and enjoy the antics of the aquatic wildlife. Many of our most stunning locations are accessible only by kayak, canoe, or other vessel. Chart out the coast and see Fort Bragg in a whole new light as you paddle Noyo River, the Pacific, and sea caves.
Liquid Fusion Kayak (32399 Basin St.) offers lessons, kayak rentals, and tours, including a Rock Garden Tour, a Nature History Tour, and a Sunset Bird Tour. Kayakers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome. Learn the basics or perfect your skills, and then embark on a grand kayak adventure! Most of the tours are available throughout the summer.
Other Summer Activities
Can’t get enough of the outdoors? Here are some more ways to connect with nature and make the most of your summer vacation in Fort Bragg:
– Fort Bragg and the surrounding area have dramatic forest and hillside terrain, as well as spectacular waterfalls. To find hiking trails, check out the Mendocino Land Trust’s web app here or get the AllTrails app. Happy hiking!