Jackson Demonstration State Forest

Our office in Fort Bragg and ALL Campgrounds are closed until further notice, and dispersed camping is not allowed.  Mushroom permits are available by mail only.

Jackson is open for recreation in accordance with the State and Local Health Orders.  Trails, open roads and parking areas are open for use, while day use areas and campgrounds remain closed. 

The State of California recognizes the importance of outdoor activities and exercise during this challenging time of COVID-19. As such, CAL FIRE Demonstration State Forest staff are working with local officials on a regionally-driven approach to increase access to recreation.

While stay-at-home orders may be modified, it does not mean things are going back to normal. It is critical that Californians continue to stay close to home, practice physical distancing, and avoid congregating with others outside their immediate household to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, CAL FIRE is asking that visitors at Demonstration State Forests adhere to the following guidelines to keep you and our staff safe:

  • Stay Clean:
    • Bring and use your own soap, disinfectant supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels and toilet paper.
  • Pack out what you pack in:
    • Pack out all trash wherever possible to minimize the amount of trash staff must dispose of at the trailhead or other facilities.
  • Practice Physical Distancing:
    • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more
    • Do not gather in groups larger than currently recommended by the local county.
  • Stay Informed:
    • Visit CA GOV for the latest information on COVID-19.
    • Check the local city and county reopening guidelines for additional regulations and safety procedures.
    • When arriving at a Demonstration State Forest for recreation activities, be sure to follow any posted signs or verbal direction from CAL FIRE staff.

Mendocino County COVID-19 Information: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus 


Established: 1949
Area: 48,652 acres
Elevation: 80 - 2,200 ft.
Precipitation: 39 in per year along coast
70 in per year inland Temperature: Max: 100 F - Min: 25 F

Jackson is the largest of CAL FIRE's eight demonstration state forests. Located in the middle of California's coastal redwood region, on the western edge of Mendocino County at Fort Bragg. The area has a long history of industrial logging activity, which began in 1862 and continued under private ownership until the State's purchase of the property in 1947. Today, more forest growth occurs each year than is harvested. The most common tree on the forest is coast redwood, but visitors will also find Douglas fir, grand fir, hemlock, bishop pine, tanoak, alder, madrone and bay myrtle.

Three demonstration trails have been developed with trail guides to inform visitors about the ecology, history and management of the redwood forest. There are also numerous hiking trails situated in historically and ecologically interesting settings, such as the Waterfall Grove Trail and the Forest History Trail. Recreational activities include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming and picnicking. Maps of the forest may be viewed and/or printed here or can be purchased for $5 at our office in Fort Bragg.

Seasonal camping is offered mid-May through September, weather dependent. There are two main overnight camping areas with a number of campsites, including equestrian camps. Camping is within designated campsites only (i.e., dispersed camping is not allowed). Camping fees are collected at self-registration stations located in the campgrounds. Camping fees will be used to support the recreation program including costs associated with maintenance and improvement of campgrounds and facilities, signage, roads, trails, etc. Campsites have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Campers may collect dead wood lying on the ground for use within their campfire rings. There is no water at the campsites or day use areas. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash.

Hunting is allowed in season. No fishing is allowed per CA Department of Fish and Wildlife rules.  Permits are required for firewood cutting and mushroom harvesting. Contact our office (707) 964-5674 for questions related to recreation events requiring Special Use Permits such as organized bike and equestrian rides and races.

Timber Sale

Sale details available on Cal eProcure


JDSF Advisory Group


May 7th, 2018 Agenda and Minutes

November 5th, 2018 Agenda and Minutes


May 7th, 2019 Agenda and Minutes

November 5th, 2019 Agenda and Minutes


May 13th, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

October 21st, 2020 Agenda and Minutes


April 28th, 2021 Agenda and Minutes



Contact Information

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Jackson Demonstration State Forest
802 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-5674

Office Closed to public until further notice - Phone calls and Mail will be answered