The most dramatic section of Sonoma Coast State Park
is towards the north, where the Russian River
meets the Pacific Ocean between wide beaches of dark-grey sand, while just to the south is the detached peak of Goat Rock
, connected to the mainland only by a narrow causeway. An overlook along Highway 1 gives a good perspective of the whole area, while close-up access is provided by a side road, descending directly to the causeway. High surf, steeply-sloping sands and frequent sneaker waves make the beaches here amongst the most dangerous in California.
: Sonoma Coast State Park