There are several must-see destinations when you’re visiting the Little Lake Valley. Each of these is quintessentially Willits and provides a taste of life in our rural community.

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The Skunk Train

The Skunk Train will take you back in time as you are whisked away on a fantastic journey. This is a historically accurate train line running from Fort Bragg to Willits that showcases the phenomenal beauty of the area. Everyone will enjoy winding through the countryside over bridges and trestles and through tunnels.

See The redwoods

You have discovered the legendary California redwoods. At least once in your lifetime, you need to visit the magnificent coastal redwoods of Humboldt County—to walk, explore and soak up the silence and grandeur of forests unlike any others in the world.


The Mendocino County wine is an appellation that designates wine made from grapes grown mostly in Mendocino County, California. The region is part of the larger North Coast AVA and one of California’s largest and most climatically diverse wine growing regions.

things to do

Willits is the ideal central location from which to enjoy the exceptional beauty of Mendocino County. To the north are the majestic redwoods and the Eel River, to the south award-winning wineries, and to the west is the rugged Mendocino Coast. We invite you to stay, play and enjoy Willits – the “Gateway to the Redwoods” and the “Heart of Mendocino County”!


Willits restaurants offer a mix of cuisines ranging from traditional American to Italian, Mexican, Greek and Asian. Most restaurants feature vegetarian options and several promote locally raised meats and produce. Reservations are rarely required and casual dress is welcome.

hiking trails

Five Hiking Trails You Will Love. There are several former logging trails in Brooktrails Township in Willits that have been restored into great hiking trails.

brooktrails Golf course

Minutes from downtown Willits and surrounded by towering redwoods is the Brooktrails Golf Course, a 9-hole executive length course. Featuring 1,279 yards of golf for a par of 28, the course has a rating of 57.4 and a slope rating of 98 – great for beginners but also challenging enough for advanced players.


Known simply as “the river” to locals, the Eel River is where most of Willits heads when summer temperatures climb. Numerous swimming holes can be found along Hearst Road in the valley and along Covelo Road about 30 minutes north of downtown Willits.

upcoming events

Rarely a week goes by without some kind of event taking place in Willits. From Arts happenings to political gatherings to family friendly festivals, there’s always something going on.