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Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Westport Union-Landing State Beach covers over 3 miles of rugged and scenic coastline, with campsites on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent vistas, sunsets and tree covered mountains in the background provide inspiring challenges to both amateur and professional photographers. Brown pelicans,black oystercatchers, quail, and and greater white-fronted geese are just some of the birds you can see at the park. Tides pools are accessible by a gently sloping trail. The park was named for two early communities….

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Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park consists of beach and upland on the Mendocino Coast. Of all park system units along the Mendocino coast, Van Damme is perhaps the richest in terms of historical resources connected with the redwood lumber industry. Its story is a prime example of the struggles and eventual failures of a small, independent lumber operation. Van Damme State Park was named for Charles Van Damme who was born at Little River in 1881, son of John and Louise…

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Tolowa Dunes State Park

Tolowa Dunes State Park

This is part of the ancestral territory of the Tolowa Indians. Recently designated as a state park, Tolowa Dunes State Park is rich in cultural history and is one of California’s newest and least known parks. It encompasses over 4,500 acres of diverse and secluded coastal lands, open sand dunes, pine and sitka forests, hidden freshwater ponds, year-round creeks, wetlands, grassy meadows, and 11 miles of undeveloped beach and shoreline. It is home to an abundant and diverse array of…

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Tomales Bay State Park

Tomales Bay State Park

The day-use park features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula. The park includes forests, beaches, field, hills, meadows and marshes – each with its own plant life, including varieties of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Recreational Opportunities The park has hiking trails and is a popular place for picnicking, swimming, clamming wind surfing, and boating. From Heart’s Desire Beach to Jepson Memorial Grove is 3 miles round trip with…

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Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve contains the beautiful Frank and Bess Smithe Grove of redwoods. The site was formerly a private resort. The park features a 60-foot waterfall, picnic area, and fishing and swimming in the south fork of the Eel River. Recreational Opportunities Fishing and Swimming Seasons Accessible The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. Call the park for hours 707-247-3318 For More Information, Contact: Richard Strom [email protected] 120 S Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 707-964-9010…

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Sonoma Coast State Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

Sonoma Coast State Park, is one of California’s most scenic attractions. A series of beaches separated by rocky bluffs, Sonoma Coast has 19 miles of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The weather here is often a chilly combination of wind and fog. During the summer months, the morning fog usually burns off to create pleasant, sunny afternoons. Even during the summer, however, visitors are wise to dress for the possibility of wet, cold and windy north…

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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park – Needle Rock area

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park – Needle Rock area

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is located in a remote section of northwestern California known as the lost coast. The 7,500 acre park is primitive in nature and is managed as a wilderness area. The coastal terrace is the home to a repopulated Roosevelt Elk herd in addition to native mountain lion, bear, grey fox, bobcats, and many different bird species including hawks and eagles. Migrating whale seasonally may be observed from the Needle Rock area. Recreational Opportunities Sinkyone Wilderness State…

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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

The rugged wilderness that once characterized the entire Mendocino Coast can still be explored and enjoyed in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Since there are no main highways near the coast in this vicinity, the area has come to be called the “Lost Coast.” Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is located within “Bear Country”. State Park regulations require that visitors store all food and scented items properly at all times. Recreational Opportunities For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived,…

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Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park has spectacular views from high bluffs along the Pacific Ocean. The park has 7,630 feet of ocean frontage. With its rugged headlands thrusting out into the blue Pacific, the park is thought of by many as the north coast’s rival of Point Lobos. One of the many features of the headlands is the “blow hole.” Its formation was made by the incessant pounding of waves against the coastal headlands. A tunnel has been formed which comes…

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Samual P. Taylor State Park

Samual P. Taylor State Park

Samuel P. Taylor’s State Park’s landscape ranges from shady canyon groves to oak-studded grasslands to the rolling hills atop Mount Barnabe. Nestled in 2,882 acres of wooded countryside in west Marin County, it enjoys a mild climate ranging from dense fog and rain to full sun. Summer temperatures average in the low 80’s with winter lows of high 50’s. Dressing in layers is recommended. Recreational Opportunities Hiking, Biking, horseback riding, picnicking, Wildlife and Bird watching. The redwood groves have 61…

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