Bureau of Land Management, California.
Five miles east of Willits you will find a 1-mile loop trail that takes you through 3 distinct communities. The Little Darby Nature Trail begins in the riparian community of Little Creek, a tributary to the Eel River. The Douglas-fir tree plant community towers over the riparian, leading you through a shaded forest floor. At the top of your climb through the forest you will be rewarded with vast views as you enter the dry chaparral community. Hiking, picnicking, dog walking and birdwatching are a few of the activities you can experience at Little Darby. It is important to respect the rights of other visitors as you enjoy your time.
From Willits, CA drive east on Commercial Street, which becomes Hearst-Willits Road (County Road 306). Continue east on Canyon Road (County road 308) and the Little Darby parking area will be on your left.