Healdsburg is the place to taste world-class wines, enjoy locally sourced gourmet food, browse antique and art galleries, and sample the good life! The good news is that you can indulge and feel fit at the same time. Take a look at these opportunities for nearby walking and hiking – your Healdsburg getaway just got even better!
You only need to go just beyond downtown to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Sonoma County. Just off the Dry Creek freeway exit, discover the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Reserve.
Recently opened to the public, this preserve offers a few miles of easy to moderate hiking trails. Beautiful views abound as you walk through oak-studded grasslands and chaparral. This is the perfect refresher before or after an afternoon of wine tasting.
Find out more about Healdsburg Ridge and download the trail map here: http://sonomahikingtrails.com/parks/healdsburg-ridge/
The best way to explore Healdsburg is on foot. The Foss Creek Pathway is a lovely footpath that’s fully paved, making it wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. It’s landscaped, has benches and is dotted with public art. This town knows how to get it right!
About 1.25 miles long, the trail follows the old railroad tracks through downtown, from Grove St. on the north end to Mill St. on the south end. Park at the skate park on Grove Street and ramp up your daily step count. Check out this PDF to get a better idea of how the path runs. http://www.sonoma-county.org/scta_search/bike_main_files/pdf/healdsburg.pdf
If you want to get in your walk, see downtown Healdsburg and go wine tasting too — you can have it all! About three dozen tasting rooms are situated in and around the center of town — each within walking distance of the other.
Sample a wide assortment of stellar wines from the area’s appellations. Visit Wine Walk Healdsburg and download their map to plan out your route. http://www.winewalkhbg.com/
Stop in a local eatery for lunch, browse boutiques and galleries and taste some of Healdsburg’s best wines, all while logging a couple miles of healthy walking!