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Our Coast

Information about the beauty and history of the Sonoma County coast including our coastal communities and preservation efforts.

Celebrating Our Coastal Beauty & History

About Our Coast

The County of Sonoma’s coastal area is 55 miles of landscape of unsurpassed variety and beauty. North of the Russian River, the coast has broad coastal terraces, high bluffs, a rocky shoreline, and rugged forested mountains. South of the Russian River, the coast terraces narrow and give way to rolling grass covered hills.

The Sonoma Coast draw visitors from around the world with a robust tourism industry. Much of the coastal area is encompassed with federal, state, and county parks, which provide habitat protection and opportunities for public recreation. Locals and tourists benefit from a wide variety of recreation activities including crabbing, hiking, observing migrating gray whales, beach combing, tide pooling, fishing, surfing, camping, boating, horse riding, and more. Notable recreation areas including:

California Coastal Trail

Sixty-four miles of the California Coastal Trail are located in Sonoma County. This network of public trails along the California coastline is designed to increase access to our coast.

Contact Information

Contact us by Phone
Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

Coastal Zone

Local Coastal ZoneView full size map (PDF: 746 kB)