Willits is so proud of its title, "Gateway to the Redwoods," it had it emblazoned on the arch in the middle of town. For much of Willits' past, redwood lumber was the economic engine powering the region. Now much of the Willits' economy relies on visitors to the redwood forests to the north and west.
Willits is on the front steps of a wilderness experience for travelers willing to leave the paved world. Dirt and gravel roads are still the norm for many of the outlaying areas. Minutes afte leaving the streets of Willits, visitors can step into a region seemingly little changed in the past 100 years.
Those desiring a quick picnic in the redwoods or an easy stroll can visit the Ohl Grove in Brooktrails, about three miles northwest of Willits at the corner of Birch Street and Clover Road. One can also walk along Willits Creek among the redwoods on the Brooktrails Golf Course.
Jackson Demonstration State Forest contains the largest state forest, some 50,000 acres of the Big River and Noyo River watersheds. Coastal fog is a frequent visitor to the region during all seasons. The cool mfog and coastal influence promote the growth of redwoods and Douglas fir.
The forest, located on Hwy 20 west of Willits, is intended to be a working forest; its primary goal is to demonstrate sustainable timber production while maintaining soil, water, scenic, wildlife and recreational values. This state forest has campgrounds and nearly 1,000 miles of roads and trails. One easy day trip is the trail to 50-foot tall Chamberlain Falls. For more information: www.willitsnews.com/discoverwillits
We have discovered some of the most amazing hiking trails right here in Willits! Trails such as Fawn Lily, Thimbleberry, Last Chance . . . are located in an area called Brooktrails and they were once old logging roads that are now converted into hiking trails. Let us pack you a light snack and some bottled water and give you a map and you’re on your way . . . for an hour, or a few, or all day; it simply depends how far you want to go.
There are also many other trails for hiking and dirt bike riding in our County. We would be happy to supply you with information for other trails in the county. Check out our Hiking Package!