Visit Willits

Welcome to Willits, California

Welcome to Willits, the Heart of Mendocino County! Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, historical exploration, or a relaxing retreat, Willits offers a unique blend of attractions and experiences for every traveler. Discover the charm of our town and plan your visit with our comprehensive guide to the best places to eat, things to do, and local history.

About Willits, California

Welcome to Willits, the Heart of Mendocino County! Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, historical exploration, or a relaxing retreat, Willits offers a unique blend of attractions and experiences for every traveler. Discover the charm of our town and plan your visit with our comprehensive guide to the best places to eat, things to do, and local history. 

History of Willits

Willits has a storied past, dating back to its founding in the 1850s. Originally a ranching and logging town, it has grown into a vibrant community with a rich cultural heritage. Key historical landmarks include the Willits Arch, a symbol of the town's welcoming spirit, and the historic train depot, which serves as a reminder of Willits' importance in the region's transportation history.

Weather

Willits enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The best time to visit is during the spring and fall when temperatures are pleasant, and the natural beauty of the area is at its peak.

Transportation

Local Tips

Things To Do in Willits

The Skunk Train

Embark on a historic journey through the majestic redwoods aboard the Skunk Train. This iconic train ride offers a unique experience, showcasing the natural beauty and rich history of the region.


Routes: The Skunk Train operates two main routes: the Pudding Creek Express and the Northspur Flyer.

Schedule: The Skunk Train runs year-round with varying schedules. Check the Skunk Train website for current departure times and booking information.


Tickets: Prices vary based on the route and class of service. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons.


Onboard Experience: Enjoy open-air observation cars, vintage steam locomotives, and narrated journeys that provide historical insights and fascinating stories about the train and the area.

Brooktrails Golf Course

Brooktrails Golf Course

Location: 24860 Birch Street, Willits, CA 95490
Phone: (707) 459-6761
Website: Brooktrails Golf Course

Description: Nestled in the picturesque hills of Mendocino County, Brooktrails Golf Course offers a serene and scenic golfing experience in the heart of Willits, California. Established in [year], this community-owned golf course has become a beloved destination for both locals and visitors seeking a challenging round of golf amidst stunning natural surroundings.

Course Layout: Brooktrails Golf Course features an 18-hole, par-64 layout that spans [mention acreage if known] acres of rolling terrain. Designed to cater to golfers of all skill levels, the course offers a mix of par-3 and par-4 holes that wind through towering redwoods and majestic oak trees. The layout provides a fair challenge for experienced golfers while remaining accessible and enjoyable for beginners.

Facilities and Amenities:

Services: Brooktrails Golf Course prides itself on offering exceptional services to enhance the overall golfing experience:

Community Involvement: As a community-owned golf course, Brooktrails Golf Course is committed to supporting local initiatives and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all golfers. It serves as a hub for recreational activities and social gatherings, contributing to the vibrant community spirit of Willits.

Visiting Brooktrails Golf Course: Whether you're a seasoned golfer or new to the game, Brooktrails Golf Course offers a memorable golfing experience in a tranquil setting. With its scenic beauty, well-maintained facilities, and friendly service, it's an ideal destination for golf enthusiasts exploring Mendocino County.

Mendocino County Museum

Discover the rich history and culture of Mendocino County through engaging exhibits and artifacts. The museum features displays on local Native American history, the logging industry, and the development of the area.


Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM


Admission: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth (6-18) $1, Children under 6 free.


Special Exhibits: Check the museum website for information on rotating exhibits and special events.


Willits Center for the Arts

Explore local art exhibitions, attend workshops, and enjoy cultural events at the Willits Center for the Arts. This vibrant center supports local artists and provides a space for the community to engage with the arts.

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation

Visit the historic Ridgewood Ranch, the final resting place of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit. The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation offers tours that provide insight into the life of Seabiscuit and the history of the ranch.


Tours: Available by appointment. Tours include a visit to Seabiscuit's stud barn, the historic Howard House, and the beautiful grounds of Ridgewood Ranch.


Booking: Check the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation website for tour availability and booking information.


Special Events: The ranch hosts various events throughout the year, celebrating the legacy of Seabiscuit and the history of the area.

Roots of Motive Power

The Roots of Motive Power museum preserves and showcases steam-powered equipment used in logging and railroads. Visitors can see historical machinery in action and learn about the technological advancements that shaped Mendocino County.

Restaurants In Willits

Lumberjacks Restaurant

La Siciliana

Mi Mexico

The Munchery

Slam Dunk Pizza

El Chicano

Szechuan Asian Restaurant

The
Loose Caboose Cafe

Broiler Steak House

Wineries around Willits

Barra of Mendocino

Frey Vineyards Winery

Parducci Wine Cellars

Rivino Winery

Nelson Family Vineyards

Saracina Vineyards

Hiking Trails around Willits

Thimbleberry Hiking Trail

Ohl Redwood Grove Park

The Haehl Creek Hiking Trail