With a high point of 660 feet, Foothill Regional Park offers hikers, bikers and runners incredible views, deer and duck sightings and 6.8 miles of trails accented with rolling hills, ponds, greenery, oak savannas and bay, madrone and buckeye trees. It’s a year-round calorie-burner suited to outdoorsy types of all levels.
Located at the northeast corner of Windsor between Highway 101 and Chalk Hill, the 211-acre parkland was a cattle ranch until the mid-1980s, and many of the trails are former ranch roads.
The Three Lakes Loop is a leisurely 1.4-mile jaunt, requiring less than an hour at a light jog or walking pace. More challenging is the 3-mile Perimeter Trail, which can be completed in less than two hours and offers sweeping views of Windsor and the Santa Rosa Plain.
As with most Sonoma County Regional Parks, only dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails. The Ravine Trail is a favorite of both deer and equestrians, so be sure to keep a strong grip on your pup’s leash.
1351 Arata Lane, Windsor, 707-565-2041, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov