This private preserve, established in 2011 by The Wildlands Conservancy, incorporates 1,100 acres of grassland, marshes, dunes, beach, and river frontage. In winter, it’s a fantastic place for birds, especially waterfowl and raptors. Preexisting uses, such as grazing and waterfowl hunting, continue under lease, while restoration and visitor infrastructure development projects are underway. This hike covers virtually the entire trail system, some of which follows old, overgrown ranch tracks to the Eel River. I have tacked on some beach walking as well. The east side of the north loop is impassable at high tide and likely to be soggy at other times. The preserve is open only by reservation.
Eel River Estuary Preserve: email@example.com, 707-672-4725