The West County Trail between the towns of Sebastopol and Forestville is a paved path and is relatively flat with a few gentle climbs. An unpaved horseback riding trail runs parallel to the trail.
The Joe Rodota Trail, a segment of the West County Trail, is paved and runs between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. It is built on a former railroad right-of-way; several bridges have been constructed over the old trestles. The trail is especially popular in the spring with the vivid blooming of the wildflowers. It is also an excellent place for bird watching year-round.
The West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail offer beautiful farm and agricultural views. Both trails can be picked up from just outside Gravenstein Station and the Barlow Center, and there is ample free parking.
Don’t have your bike with you? Stop into Sebastopol Bike Center, located in the Gravenstein Station center and rent a bike for an hour, for a day or for a weekend. Their shop is located right at the starting point for either Joe Rodota Trail or West County Trail.