I noticed new “National Rail-Trails Network” signs on the West County Trail near Graton a couple of weeks ago (they’ve been on the Joe Rodota Trail since Jan. 2009). They finally went up apparently because Rails to Trails Conservancy’s November 2009 trail of the month is…

California’s West County and Joe Rodota Trails

The fall grape harvest may be over, and most leaves will already be scattered on the ground, but late autumn in California’s Sonoma County is hardly a time when outdoors activity freezes. Some locals might gripe about daytime temperatures that occasionally dip into the 50s, yet the countryside remains a temperate treasure for rail-trail lovers almost year-round. So squeeze a little more flavor from the season and head about an hour north of San Francisco to explore a pair of pathways in the Russian River Valley: the West County and Joe Rodota trails. [Read the full story at Rails-to-Trails]

Russian River Valley wine country, Calif. © Rails-to-Trails ConservancyThe trails are a paradise for families © Sonoma County Regional Parks