Nestled in Little Lake Valley, Willits is the “Heart of Mendocino County” and “The Gateway to the Redwoods,” declarations spelled out on the sign that straddles Main Street. Trivia alert: Willits is home to the first stoplight on US 101 north of San Francisco!
Entering Willits from the south you will find traveler’s necessities – motels, gas stations, auto shops, and supermarkets. But just north of Highway 20, the route to the coast, lies downtown and many of Willits’ small-town charms. Plan a day to ride the Skunk Train with a windy ride into the magnificent redwood forests.