Santa Rosa Area.

The Santa Rosa area, in the heart of the Redwood Country north of San Francisco, offers a variety of urban and wilderness parks, including Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Howarth Park, Spring Lake Park and Annadel State Park.

The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens are located in the center of Santa Rosa at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues. See the Area Map.

The famed horticulturist (1849 - 1926) lived and worked at this site. He was one of Sonoma County's most famous citizens. The well-tended 4-acre gardens feature plants developed by Burbank. Restored buildings in the park include Luther Burbank's home, a carriage house which features a gift shop, and a green-house.

Howarth Park, managed by the City of Santa Rosa, Spring Lake Park, operated by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department and Annadel State Park are adjoining parks, allowing a hiker to walk from the city streets of Santa Rosa to the wilderness of Annadel State Park. See the Area Map.

Howarth Park and Spring Lake Park each feature a small lake with launching ramp for non-power boats and fishing; extensive picnic facilities and approximately six miles of paved hiking trails. Spring Lake Park includes an improved camp ground with showers, paved vehicle parking, picnic tables and barbecue pits. A swimming lagoon with lifeguards is open during the summer months. Both parks offer boat rental during the summer months.

Camping information for Spring Lake Park

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Spring Lake

Annadel State Park is an undeveloped park of 5,000 acres, with 35 miles of trails inviting hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. The park includes open meadows, mixed woodlands and Redwood forest. Lake Ilsanjo is a small lake in the park. Fishing is permitted.

Annadel State Park is often referred to as an urban wilderness. Indeed, the city of Santa Rosa shares 2-1/2 miles of the park's western boundary; city residents have a wilderness at their doorstep. The feature that stands out most is the park's variety. One can walk in cool shaded forests, then into mixed oaks, onto expansive meadows, around a lake's shore, through tangled chaparral, and return to forest coolness in the space of only a few miles.

Historically, quarrying was the most important human activity in the park from both the Native American and European standpoint. Deposits of obsidian may have been used by Pomo and Wappo tribes for more than 3,000 years before Europeans entered the land. The Europeans fashioned paving stones from the local basalt rock, an industry from the 1870s to the 1920s. Much of the rock helped in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

Park visitors say that the best feature of Annadel State Park is its natural beauty, open space, nature. Hikers, joggers, horseback riders and mountain bike enthusiasts consider Annadel a favorite daytime destination.

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