Description - Route 12--Valley of the Moon Highway travels from scenic Annadel State Park to historic Sonoma. The route is located in the Sonoma Valley named by author Jack London as "Valley of the Moon." Along the way you'll be treated to sights of picturesque wineries and lush vineyards. Both to the north, east, and the southwest, are mountain ridges lying several thousand feet above the valley floor.
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Valley of the Moon Highway bursts with gorgeous vineyard views
- Take a journey along Valley of the Moon Highway. Beginning at Annadel State Park and dipping southeast to Agua Caliente the scenic voyage trails through some of California's richest wine country. From oak woodlands to flower-filled meadows interspersed with lush vineyards, this 12-mile road travels past several notable state attractions.
Annadel State Park is a 5,000-acre park featuring 30 miles of multi-use trails, Lake Ilsanjo which has populations of black bass and bluegill, and Ledson Marsh - a bird watchers paradise recording 130 species. North of the scenic byway just past the town of Oakmont lies Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a 2,700-acre parcel featuring an array of wildlife habitats and developed amenities including camping and multi-use trails. Next stop along Valley of the Moon Highway is Glen Ellen, home of Jack London State Historic Park, which commemorates one of America's most popular writers. The 800-acre site includes London's grave, ruins of Wolf House and Charmian House of Happy Walls. Docent-led tours are available along with a splendid book and gift shop.
The journey ends at Agua Caliente, but just beyond in the heart of charming old town Sonoma is Sonoma State Historic Park; an interesting compilation of historic buildings borders a city park where one can relax amid a beautiful picnic area.
Recreation - There are many natural and cultural attractions along Route 12. Small towns and state parks offer accommodations from bed-n-breakfasts to campgrounds, and from grocery stores to gift shops. Trails and tours are popular pastimes.
Climate - Summers in this region are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
The byway follows Highway 12 from Annadel State Park southwest to Sonoma.
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