IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE: Although other SRT preserves have reopened to the public for visitation, Homer Ranch Preserve remains closed annually from June 1- November 1 due to fire season risks. Please check this space for news of reopening, as fall fire conditions may vary.
Homer Ranch Preserve protects 1,819 acres of working landscape along a mile stretch of beautiful Dry Creek in Lemon Cove, just northeast of Woodlake.
The ranch is home to a significant portion of one of the largest, healthiest and last remaining sycamore alluvial woodlands in the world and extensive blue oak woodlands. The area serves as a critical wildlife corridor for a variety of species such as resident and migratory birds, mule deer, and mountain lion, and provides an important link between Dry Creek and conserved land to the northeast.
Homer Ranch History
SRT purchased this property in 2004 from Stephanie and Richard Homer, whose great, great grandparents homesteaded the area in the late 1800’s. To serve both nature and the community, SRT manages the ranch to protect rare habitat, allow for livestock grazing and to provide public education and enjoyment. To learn more about Homer Ranch, read the Homer Ranch success story.
If you'd like to visit Homer Ranch Preserve...
Unless drought conditions prevent doing so, Homer Ranch Preserve will reopen November 1 on WEEKENDS ONLY, from sunrise to sunset. Check this page for reopening updates. This SRT preserve closes every summer on June 1 due to fire danger. However, closure dates are subject to change based on conditions.
This nature preserve is open weekends fall, winter, and spring from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are allowed on leash with owners picking up and taking out any waste. Check our online calendar or sign up for our SRT E-Newsletter on the Home Page to learn about public programs and special events at Homer Ranch. Parking is provided along with an information kiosk and trails.
Cost: Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a nonprofit organization that owns and manages six nature preserves, including Homer Ranch. It is our mission to keep these beautiful places open for the public. There is no fee to visit our preserves, but we do ask that you donate to help us keep these spaces for generations to come.
How to get to Homer Ranch Preserve
Located outside of Lemon Cove. From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198. Take Highway 216 toward Woodlake. Follow west one-half mile and turn north on Dry Creek Road. The Homer Ranch Preserve is located five miles up Dry Creek Road on the right.