Place: River Fork Ranch - or - Genoa Trees
Parking: There is a large parking lot - free - open daily year-round
Restrictions: No dogs
Amenities: I think there is a porta pottie at River Fork Ranch. If not, you can drop by the Country Store in Genoa just down the street.
River Fork Ranch is located at 381 Genoa Lane, Minden, NV 89423 near the historic town of Genoa in the Carson Valley.
Directions from Carson City: Drive south on 395 for 8.7 miles
Turn Right onto SR 206/Genoa Lane and continue for 2.4 miles
The preserve and parking area will be on your left and is well marked with a sign.
More info: River Fork Ranch:
What is there: hiking trails, wildlife viewing, interesting woven flood plain control, wetlands, Carson River
To get to the views of the river - walk around the deck of the Interpretive Center and you will see a trail head. It follows the river going south and goes for 2 miles. The pictures I took above and below were the closest distance from the Interpretive Center. If it is not muddy from prior rain, these trails are good for pulling carts.
River Fork Ranch has 2 trails - one that goes along the Carson River with open vistas, and another one at the east side of the parking lot that goes through or near the cottonwood trees and another fork of river.
Genoa Trees: on Genoa Lane (206)
Directions: From Reno, take 395 south. Either turn right at Jacks Valley Road and follow it out to Genoa (for a scenic route), or, continue on 395 and turn right on 206 (Genoa Lane). The intersection of Jacks Valley Road and 206 is where the Genoa Country Store is. http://www.yelp.com/biz/genoa-country-store-genoa
Your choice! Both are in the same area about a mile or less apart.
|big cottonwoods on the side of the road near the Country Store, Genoa on Genoa Lane|