There are boardwalks that take us deep into the woods, elevate us high above rivers or gurgling creeks and even give us the space to walk along the Pacific Ocean. Northern California has so many we love and many more we have yet to discover. Enjoy the ones we’ve handpicked just for you. Add them to your summer bucket list and walk into a wonderland. Nature awaits!
1. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
How about a whopping 14,000 acres of old coastal Redwoods? Feel like meandering down a boardwalk that weaves around and through these gentle giants? Yup. We thought so.
2. Muir Woods
Have you been to Muir Woods yet? It's a magical place that we get to claim in our gorgeous spot called Northern California. Don't keep putting it off. Add it to your summer bucket list and find this magical boardwalk. We double-dog dare you!
3. Fort Cronckhite
Just north of the Rodeo Lagoon stands a tiny piece of World War II history. Fort Cronckhite was originally built to house the military who stood guard on the marina headlands and awaited the enemy. The enemy never came and it now houses the National Park Service. But you can still stop by and check it out.
4. Jug Handle National Reserve
In between Ft. Bragg and Mendocino lies this gem. Jug Handle is sometimes used as one word and is named after Jug Handle creek off of Hwy 1.
5. South Fork American River
In El Dorado County lies a lovely little suspension bridge. It hangs above the south fork of the American River. The white painted wood reminds us of something out of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Oh, that's right -- because Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, grew up here.
6. Muir Woods
Yes, here we are in Muir Woods - again. This lovely wooden oasis takes our breath away. Plus, it gives us LOTS of boardwalks to meander through and appreciate a tiny slice of nature.
7. And, this one...
Another shot of Muir Woods in Marin. Like a Grimm Fairy Tale, can't you just see yourself walking towards the gingerbread house?
8. Pier 7, San Francisco
Like something out of a Hollywood movie, here's a boardwalk that is fit for the big screen. Planning to propose? Here's a spot for you.
9. Fisherman's Wharf
Since we're already in The City, we can't ignore Fisherman's Wharf and it's historical boardwalk. Bring the one you love and walk around the shops. When you get hungry grab a clam chowder sour dough bread bowl. The exclamation point to a boardwalk experience.
10. A Forest Walk
There's a place in a redwood forest that keeps this boardwalk bridge to itself. This one may just be my favorite. Anyone want to guess where this is?
There's a small unincorporated town in Humboldt County called Honeydew. This is where you'll find this boardwalk. A bridge that you can ride on or walk on, no matter which you do you'll love your surroundings. Take your time. You need to appreciate this one.
This footbridge elevates you over Willow Creek. Make your way into town for a good meal. Folsom is a lovely place to enjoy history, good food and phenomenal weather.
There’s something about a wooden footpath that feels a little luxurious. Find the one nearest to you and take a walk on it.