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View of the visitor center from the Point Arena forest

Driving Directions to Better Place Forests Point Arena

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Better Place Forests creates and maintains conservation memorial forests for people who choose cremation and don’t want their ashes to end up in a traditional cemetery.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely preparing to visit the Point Arena forest. In this post, we’ll explain how to get to the forest and share our local recommendations.

Please save these directions before heading to the forest as cell phone service may be unreliable.

Forest Address

25284 Ten Mile Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468

Most people use Google Maps to get to the forest. Below is the link to the exact forest location.

Better Place Forests Point Arena (Google Maps)

We highly recommend going through the city of Point Arena to enjoy all it has to offer and to get your bearings. This map shows our preferred route in blue, though it takes a few minutes longer.

Views from Point Arena Forest Floor

Views from the forest floor

Directions from the City of Point Arena

  1. Turn east onto Riverside Drive at the top of the hill in Point Arena
  2. Drive straight for 4 miles; the road will change names a few times, ultimately becoming Ten Mile Rd
  3. Our address, 25284 will be posted on a tree along with many other address signs at our shared gravel road. A wooden sign with our name and logo will also be posted here
  4. Turn right onto our shared gravel road. Please observe the 15 mph speed limit
  5. Travel .5 miles down the road. Our driveway will be on the right
  6. Park near the sheds or at the ADA parking available at the Visitors Center.
  7. There is a short trail through the trees from the parking area to the Visitors Center where a forest steward will be awaiting your arrival 

Important Tips

  • When possible, do not travel on Mountain View Road. Utilize the alternative routes that are available. Traveling on 128 all the way to Hwy 1 adds 20 minutes to your trip, but involves more favorable road conditions. 
  • Hwy 1 is a beautiful scenic highway. Take your time and enjoy the sights along the way! There are several opportunities marked with Coastal Access signs along the way. 
  • Our forest is located on the Mendocino Coast — it’s incredibly peaceful, but cell phone service can be unreliable.
  • We recommend wearing sneakers or hiking boots and bringing a jacket. We have walking sticks, hand-warmers, and umbrellas in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
  • Please save these directions as service on the way to the forest may be unreliable.

Lodging

Charming Mendocino County inns, cottages, and motels delivering all the comforts of home along with hospitable hosts await your arrival.

  • Wildflower Motel: Modern lodging option right on South Main St in Point Arena. Provides electric car charging stations (Tesla and Universal).
  • Wharf Master’s Inn: Enjoy inviting rooms with four-poster beds, private balconies with ocean or garden views, and eco-friendly fireplaces.
  • Whale Watch Inn: Individual suites with ocean views make this quintessential bed and breakfast a perfect place to relax.
  • Mar Vista Cottages: Twelve quaint cottages boast kitchens stocked with produce from an organic garden and fresh eggs from local hens.
  • The Surf Motel: You’ll have your choice of suites plus rooms with ocean views and full kitchens, all with hypoallergenic feather beds and comforters.

Dining

There is no shortage of excellent food in the greater Point Arena area. The following restaurants will not disappoint your taste buds.

  • Point Arena Pizza: Awesome wood-fired pizza to-go down at the cove.
  • Bird Supper Club: Local treasure and available curbside right on Main St. 
  • Thai Kitchen: Authentic Thai cuisine, offers to go, limited outdoor seating, and a local favorite
  • Vue Kitchen: Seafood, short ribs, fish and chips, and a variety of hard-to-resist comfort food, like meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs, are on the menu.
  • St. Orres: North Coast Cuisine is served in the main dining room, from fresh seafood to wild game, while lighter fare can be enjoyed in The Seaside Bar.

Things To Do

There is something for everyone to enjoy no matter if you’re staying for a few hours or a few days. Take advantage of our unique historic and natural sites.

  • Point Arena Lighthouse: Located 2 miles from our forest, the 150-year-old lighthouse features a museum, tours, and incredible views of the Pacific Coast.
  • B. Bryan Preserve: This private preserve that’s home to various species of zebras, giraffes, and antelopes—all of which are endangered—is just 1 mile away.
  • Bowling Ball Beach: A 3-mile drive from our forest, Schooner Gulch State Beach features huge stones that look like oversized bowling balls.
  • Stornetta Lands National Monument: View the incredible sea rocks and islands that comprise this coastal treasure, which sits 3 miles from our forest.

Contact Information

If you have questions leading up to your tour, you can reach our team directly at:

Phone/Text: 1-877-830-8311

Email: [email protected]

All forest visits require a reservation. If you haven’t made one yet, please reach out to our support team to schedule yours today.

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