History: On October 15, 1930, the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company granted a
40-acre parcel of land to the County of Mendocino. The land was to be used as a
park, to be named the E. O. Faulkner Park, after a vice-president of the Santa
Fe Land Improvement Company who died in 1928.
From 1930 to
1966, the park went undeveloped. In 1966, money from the 1964 Park Bond
Act was used to put in a water system and public restrooms. No
additional development took place until 1973, when the Mendocino County
Parks Department was formed. At that time, picnic tables were
installed, and a small parking area was developed.
In 1977, a small playground was created using 1976 State Park Bond
money. The park's most distinctive feature, the Azalea Discovery Trail, was
built in 1975. This trail passes through the heart of the park, where large
native azalea shrubs grow in the canopy of second-growth redwoods.
Improvements to the restroom facilities, septic system, and parking area continued to be made from the late 1970's through the 1980's. In 1990, the County discontinued overnight camping in the park, due to problems experienced in collecting camping fees from guests and in providing regular maintenance for the camping areas.
Park Location: Faulkner Park is located just outside of the small community of
Boonville. This 40-acre parcel sits on both sides of Mountain View Road, winding through the hills west of Boonville above Anderson Valley.
Click here for a map and driving directions.
While developments to the park began in the late 1960ís, the area remains, for the most part, in its natural state.
Features and Facilities: While some developments have been made to this area, the most distinctive features of the park are the native plants and trees that grow within the parkís boundaries. In 1975, the Azalea Nature Trail was built, which passes through the heart of the park, where large native azalea shrubs grow under a canopy of second-growth redwoods. Two other trails, the Ridge Top Trail and the West End Trail, are also developed for short hikes.
On the north side of the park, there are a play area, picnic area, and public restrooms.
Faulkner Park does not require reservations. For more information about this park, you may contact General
Services Agency staff (see information below).
There are no day use fees associated with this park, so please enjoy it
at your leisure!
501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4441; fax-(707) 463-5649