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North Coast Beaches

North Coast Beaches Overview

North Coast

Beaches on the North Coast of California include the popular beaches like Trinidad State Beach, MacKerricher State Beach and Sonoma Coast beaches to the more obscure Luffenholtz Beach, Glass Beach and Irish Beach. Find fun beaches with all the amenities like restrooms, showers, cafés and camping or the more obscure, difficult to find beaches where no one else will be. Whether you're looking for a dog beach, surf spot or nude beach, you'll find it here. We've listed all of them from Crescent City to Bodega Bay.

NOTE: Visit the Heal the Bay website for details on water cleanliness... especially in urban regions.

TIDE CHARTS for exploring beaches with tide pools

Crescent City

Pelican State Beach is California's northern-most beach and crosses the Oregon border. This small stretch of sand is great for walks and beach combing.

Pelican State Beach
Highway 101 at Gilbert Way
Smith River, California 95567
(707) 464-6101 ext.5151

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Kamph Beach is located north of Salmon Harbor. Turn off Highway 101 at Clifford Kamph Memorial Park. Kamph is a large sandy beach that connects with Pelican Beach and Salmon Harbor. Restrooms and primitive camping available.

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Exit Highway 101 at Kings Valley Road and head west. Continue on Moorehead Road and make right at Lower Lake Road and left on Kellogg Road. Towola Dunes contains several ecosystems including a sandy beach, river, ancient sand dunes, woodlands and wetlands. Three freshwater lakes include Lake Earl, Lake Towola and Dead Lake. Popular activities include bird watching, whale watching and fishing. Sport fish species include Salmon and Steelhead in the Smith River and cutthroat trout, flounder, bass and crappie in the lakes. Primitive camping available.

Tolowa Dunes State Park
Kellogg Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 465-7335

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Pebble Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Pebble Beach is located all along Pebble Beach Drive west of Crescent City. Large sandy beach with rocky areas that are great for tide pooling. No facilities.

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Crescent Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Located on the south side of Crescent Harbor in Crescent City. Parking located directly off Highway 101 south of Crescent City Harbor. Large sandy beach. No facilities.

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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is located 7 miles south of Crescent City off Highway 101. This is one of three Redwood State Parks in the region that are part of Redwood National Park. This park features 6400 acres with approximately 50% old-growth Coast Redwood and eight miles of wild coastline. Hiking trails throughout with two heading to Enderts Beach and False Klamath Cove. Sandy beaches await with tide pool exploration at low tide. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing and biking.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
1375 Elk Valley Road
Crescent City, California 95531
(707) 464-6101

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  • Enderts Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

    Enderts can be accessed from several locations along Enderts Beach Road in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Large sandy beach with tide pools at the southern end. Pit toilets at Nickel Creek Campground.
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  • False Klamath Cove is located directly off Highway 101 five miles north of the Klamath River at Wilson Creek Road. Several parking areas available along Highway 101. Partially sandy & partially rocky cove at the mouth of Wilson Creek. Great for collecting driftwood. No facilities. Just south of Klamath Cove is Lagoon Creek offering a beautiful grassy picnic area overlooking a small lagoon, restrooms and a coastal trail.
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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located 50 miles north of Eureka off Highway 101. This is one of three Redwood State Parks in the region that are part of Redwood National Park. Activities include camping, fishing, tide pool exploration, hiking, fishing and horseback riding. This park is known for its nature trails through lush fern canopy beneath towering old-growth Coast Redwoods. Klamath and Gold Bluffs are large sandy beaches in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
127011 Newton B. Drury Parkway
Orick, California 95555
(707) 465-7347

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  • Klamath Exit Highway 101 at Klamath Beach Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and head west. Small sand bar at the mouth of the Klamath River.
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  • Gold Bluffs Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service Gold Bluffs Exit Newton Drury Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Gold Bluffs is a huge sandy beach situated just south of the incredibly picturesque Fern Canyon.
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Trinidad

Redwood Creek is located off Highway 101 north of Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Large sandy beach at the mouth of Redwood Creek. Restrooms available.

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Humboldt Lagoons State Park is located north of Eureka off Highway 101. The park is comprised of three seaside lagoons with a combined length of nearly 6 miles. Includes Stone Lagoon, Dry Lagoon and Big Lagoon. Trails surround the lagoons and a trail connects Agate Beach and Patrick's Point State Park to the south. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching and whale watching. Big Lagoon County Park offers day use picnicking, camping, restrooms and other amenities. There are several access areas to beaches from Highway 101.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
15336 Highway 101
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 488-2169

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Agate Beach Patrick's Point

Patrick's Point State Park is located just a few miles north of Trinidad off Highway 101. This park offers a dense forest where trails can be traversed through wildflower meadows and lush forest to the headland cliffs leading to the ocean below. Activities include camping, fishing, tide pool exploration, whale watching, diving, surfing and hiking. Hunt for colorful agates on 'Agate Beach' at the north end of the park, which is also a popular surfing spot with mostly lefts. Reconstructed Yurok Village on site. Restrooms available.

Patrick's Point State Park
4150 Patrick's Point Drive
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 677-3570

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Martin Creek Beach is located approximately 1.5 miles north of Trinidad. Take Stagecoach Road north out of Trinidad and watch for the stone marker to Martin's Creek Beach at the point of a hairpin curve. Park off side of road at hairpin and hike the steep trail down to a very secluded and rocky cove. Martin Creek includes picturesque rock formations, an arch and a sea cave. No facilities.

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College Cove is located approximately 1 mile north of Trinidad. Take Stagecoach Road north out of Trinidad to the first left turn about a half-mile past the initial hairpin curve. Continue to parking lot and follow the trail to Elk Head for panoramic views of the coast or down the bluff to College Cove for a large sandy beach, waterfalls and blow hole to the south. College Cove is a popular clothing optional nude beach. No facilities.

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Trinidad State Beach is located just north of Trinidad. Bluffs of pine trees descend to a mile-long beach. This is a great place for tide pool exploration at low tide. Well known for its picturesque beauty and large arch to the north. Trinidad is a popular dog beach. Restrooms available.

Trinidad State Beach
4150 Patrick's Point Drive
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 677-3570

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Old Home is located off Highway 101 in Trinidad. Trinidad features a large cove with a sandy beach. Access from the parking lot at the Memorial Lighthouse on Edwards Street and descend the steep and challenging dirt trail. Spectacular coastal views. No facilities.

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Baker is located approximately 1 mile south of Trinidad. Take Scenic Drive south and park on the right just past Baker Ranch Road. Follow trail down to a mixed rock and sandy beach. This is a clothing optional nude beach. No facilities.

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Luffenholtz County Beach is located a little over a mile south of Trinidad. Take Scenic Drive south and watch for the small parking lot on the right just past Trimina Road. Another parking lot is at the next turn and accesses Trinidad Headland with spectacular panoramic views. Luffenholtz features a sandy beach, tide pools and plenty of picturesque rock formations. Restrooms available.

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Houda is located approximately 1 mile south of Trinidad. Take Scenic Drive south and park on the right just past Baker Ranch Road. Follow trail down to a mixed rock and sandy beach. Houda Cove has one of Trinidad's largest rock formations that produces perfect rights making this a popular surfing spot. This is a clothing optional nude beach. No facilities.

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Moonstone Beach County Park is situated at northern end of Little River State Beach off Highway 101. Access from Westhaven Drive off Highway 101. Turn left on Scenic Drive and right on Moonstone Beach Drive. Small sandy beach at the mouth of Little River. This is a popular dog beach and surf spot. Port-a-potty restroom available.

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Little River State Beach is located approximately 10 miles north of Eureka. Little River features a huge sandy beach with Little River flowing in to the north and camping at Clam Beach County Park to the south. This is a popular dog beach. Restrooms available.

Little River State Beach
Trinidad, California 95570
(707) 488-2041

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Clam Beach

Clam Beach is situated at the southern end of Little River off Highway 101. Voted 'Best of North Coast'. Popular for clamming and fishing. Camping is available with limited amenities. Restrooms available.

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Eureka

Exit Highway 101 at School Road and head west. Left on Fischer Road and right on Mad River Road. Huge sand bar separating the Mad River from the Pacific Ocean with sand dunes to the south and backed by wetlands. Boat launch access. Restrooms available.

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From Highway 101 exit Highway 255 (Samoa Blvd) in Arcata and head west. Follow for several miles and make a right at the first sign for Manila. Make another right on Ma-le'l Dunes Road and follow to the end. Ma-le'l Dunes represents the most pristine remaining dune system in the Pacific Northwest.

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From Highway 101 head west on Highway 255 Samoa. At the 'T' go left. Situated on the northern peninsula protecting Humboldt Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Long sandy beach backed by sand dunes. No facilities.

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Exit Highway 101 at Hookton Road and follow until it turns into Table Bluff Road. Connect with South Jetty Road and take north. Situated on the southern peninsula protecting Humboldt Bay from the Pacific Ocean. This 4.5 mile long stretch of sand includes wetlands, bluffs, beaches, sand dunes and marsh. Popular area for hang gliders. No facilities.

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Exit Highway 101 at Hookton Road and follow until it turns into Table Bluff Road and ends at the ocean. Situated at the southern end of Humboldt Bay. Long sandy beach with wetlands to the south. Popular area for hang gliders. No facilities.

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Crab Park is located north of Fortuna in Loleta. Exit Highway 101 at Loleta Drive and head west. Make right on Eel River Drive and left on Cannibal Island Road to Crab Park. Small sandy beach surround by wetlands at the mouth of the Eel River. No facilities.

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Ferndale

Centerville is located west of Ferndale on Centerville Road. Large sandy beach with farmland and wetlands to the north and steep cliffs to the south. No facilities.

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Mattole is approximately 20 miles south of Ferndale on Mattole Road. Several access points to long narrow stretches of very remote beaches. No facilities.

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Lost Coast

Lighthouse Beach is located south of Petrolia on Mattole Road. After going over the river make right on Lighthouse Road and follow approximately 6 miles to the ocean. Lighthouse is a very remote location at the mouth of the Mattole River. No facilities.

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Black Sands is east of Redway on Briceland Thorn Road. Veer right on Shelter Cove Road. Make right on Beach Drive and follow to the ocean. Road is very steep. Large black pebbly beach backed by cliffs with some large caves. Restrooms available at parking lot.

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Shelter Cove is east of Redway on Briceland Thorn Road. Veer right on Shelter Cove Road. Make right on Upper Pacific Drive and turn left on Lower Pacific Drive for coastal bluff loop. Beautiful headland with several small cove access points. Parking and picnic tables located at scenic points. No facilities.

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Westport

Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located north of the towns of Fort Bragg and Westport. This was the site of an old sawmill. Lumber would be loaded onto schooners headed for far away locations. Today, a few remnants remain of Westport's past. This park offers camping on the bluffs and several small beaches. Popular activities include photography and fishing for smelt, rock fish and abalone.

Westport-Union Landing State Beach
Westport, California 95488
(707) 937-5804

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Westport is located north of Westport off Highway 1. Large beach with camping tucked into a cove. Restrooms available.

Westport Beach
37700 Highway 1
Westport, CA 95488
(707) 964-2964

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Westport Coast

South Westport can be accessed by several turnoffs south of Westport off Highway 1. Depending on turnout, beaches include rocky headlands, small secluded coves and large sandy beaches. No facilities.

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Fort Bragg

Pudding Creek Beach

MacKerricher State Beach is located three miles north of Fort Bragg on PCH (highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway), near the town of Cleone. This park is a tidal lagoon with tide pools, sand dunes, freshwater lakes and camping. Campsites are nestled in a redwood forest and offer shelter from the sometimes brisk ocean breezes. A bike trail spans the top of the dunes and is popular with joggers, Other activities include horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and abalone diving.

MacKerricher State Beach
Fort Bragg, California 95437
(707) 964-9112

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  • Mill Creek is located north of Fort Bragg off MacKerricher State Park Road. Mill Creek features a large black sandy beach, headlands and a state park road connecting other portions of the park with Fort Bragg. Restrooms available.
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  • Virgin Creek is located north of Fort Bragg off MacKerricher State Park Road. Turnout parking at south end. Large sandy beach popular for tide pooling and surfing. State park road connects other portions of the park with Fort Bragg. No facilities.
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  • Pudding Creek is located just north of Fort Bragg off Highway 1. Large sandy cove with a picturesque trestle. State park road connects other portions of the park with Fort Bragg. No facilities.
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Glass Beach

Glass Beach is located on the north end of town in Fort Bragg. From the days of heavy logging until the late 1960's, this was the local dump. Today it has become a tourist attraction for all of the glass that has been rounded by the surf over the years and blended with the pebbly sand. Children as well as adults enjoy beach combing for colorful glass pebbles and exploring the many tide pools. Turn off on Elm Street from Highway 1. Park and walk the dirt road to the ocean. Head south along the shore for the cove with the largest quantities of glass. No facilities. Please don't take any glass with you. Visit the Sea Glass Jewelry Store and Museum in Fort Bragg where you can purchase a quality specimen.

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Noyo Beach & Jetty

Noyo Beach is located on the north side of Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Take North Harbor Drive from Highway 1. Large sandy cove at the mouth of Noyo Harbor. This is a popular dog beach.

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Hare Creek is located southwest of the Highway 1 & 20 intersection. Park on the northwest side of Hare Creek Bridge and follow the trail down. Small sandy cove popular with surfers. No facilities.

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Jug Handle is located north of Caspar before the bridge. Small cove with sandy beach and picturesque bridge. Jug Handle Ecological Staircase offers a fascinating view into the region's geology.

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Caspar, California 95420
(707) 937-5804

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Mendocino

Caspar Headlands State Beach is located between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. Caspar Headlands offers outstanding Northern California coastal scenery. Tucked back in a cove of jagged, rock cliffs that sporadically descend into the Pacific. Swimming, fishing and boating are the popular activities. Equipment rentals available for kayaks, surf boards, fishing gear and more at the campground store.

Caspar Headlands State Beach
Caspar, California 95420
(707) 937-5804

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Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park is located 2 miles north of Mendocino on Highway 1. Russian Gulch Creek Canyon is known for its picturesque waterfall, bridge and Devil's Punch Bowl (collapsed sea cave in which the ocean churns). Activities include tide pool exploration, camping, hiking, biking, abalone diving and fishing. Russian Gulch was historically a regular stop for lumber ships heading to San Francisco.

Russian Gulch State Park
Highway 1
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 937-5804

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Mendocino Headlands State Park

Mendocino Headlands State Park is located in Mendocino on PCH (highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). This park features grassy headlands filled with wildflowers in the Spring, rocky outcroppings with some forming arches and beaches where the Big River meets the ocean. Turnouts for several small beaches along Heeser Drive. A large beach is located south of town off Big River Road. Activities include fishing, surfing, kayaking, diving, whale watching and other wildlife viewing.

Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 937-5804

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Big River is located at the Big River Road Turnoff south of Mendocino. Large sandy beach along Big River. Walk west under highway to a small sandy cove facing Mendocino Bay. No facilities.

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Van Damme State Park is located 3 miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. The park is known for its Fern Canyon, Cabbage Patch and Pygmy Forest. Activities include tide pool exploration, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, abalone diving and fishing. A paved trail is popular with joggers and bicyclists. Kayak tours are available at water's edge, which give access to several sea caves. Van Damme was historically a regular stop for lumber ships heading to San Francisco.

Van Damme State Park
Little River, California 95456
(707) 937-5804

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Albion

Albion Cove is located at the Albion River North Side Road off Highway 1. Small sandy beach at the mouth of the Albion River. A picturesque bridge backs Albion Cove. Camping, boat launch, docks, general store, canoe & kayak rentals, showers and restrooms available at the Albion River Campground & Marina.

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Elk

Elk Cove is located across Highway 1 from the Elk Store. The parking lot has a trailhead to the ocean. Large picturesque cove with plenty of sandy beach. No facilities.

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Manchester

Irish Beach is located at the south side of the town of Irish Beach. Turn off Highway 1 at Irish Beach Drive. Huge sandy beach connects with Alder and Manchester beaches to the south. No facilities.

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Alder Creek Beach is located south of the town of Irish Beach. Turn off Alder Creek Beach Road. Huge sandy beach connects with Irish and Manchester beaches to the north and south. No facilities.

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Manchester State Beach

Manchester State Beach is located on the north end of Manchester off Highway 1. Park is known for its 760 acres of beaches, sand dunes and flat grasslands. Activities include beach camping, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing and horseback riding. Point Arena Lighthouse is located on the southern edge of the park and offers accommodations in former light keepers cabins.

Manchester State Beach
Manchester, California 95459
(707) 882-2463

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Point Arena

Arena Cove offers a pier, shops and oceanfront restaurants. Turn off Highway 1 at Iverson Avenue in Point Arena. Mostly rocky shoreline. Restrooms available.

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Schooner Gulch State Beach is located 3 miles south of Point Arena. Schooner Gulch is split into two beaches; Schooner Gulch and Bowling Ball at the northern end, so named for its unusually round boulders. Watch for the 'Park Facing South Only' sign at the two trailheads.

Schooner Gulch State Beach
Highway 1 and Schooner Gulch Road
Point Arena, CA 95468
(707) 937-5804

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Gualala

Access Anchor Bay from Anchor Bay Campground at the hairpin turn just north of Anchor Bay off Highway 1. Day use fee is required. Fish Rock is a large sandy beach that's somewhat sheltered from most Pacific wind and storms. tide pools and sea caves are at both ends. Chicken Cove to the north offers an active boat launch for kayakers and other portable watercraft. Popular activities include camping, fishing, diving, kayaking, surfing, whale watching, tide pooling and beach combing.

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Gualala Point Regional Park is located off Highway 1 just north of the golf course in Gualala. Short trails lead to a large sandy beach at the mouth of Gualala River. Bluff trailheads south for several miles following the bluffs of Sea Ranch with access to several coves. Restrooms available.

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Sea Ranch is a 10-mile stretch of seashore lightly developed as a planned residential community. Several small beaches are accessible to the public via a web of walking trails that cover the bluff.

  • Shell Beach Exit Whale Bone Ranch from Highway 1 and take immediate right on Pacific Reach.
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  • Stengel Exit Wild Iris and make immediate right to parking and trailhead.
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  • Pebble Beach Exit Navigators Ranch and follow straight to Pebble Beach.
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  • Black Point Turnout just north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
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Jenner

Salt Point State Park is located approximately 8 miles north of Fort Ross. Stump Beach and Gerstle Cove are easily accessible beaches whereas Horseshoe Cove and Fisk Mill Cove are more remote and accessible from turnouts off Highway 1. Salt Point State Park features heavily wooded bluffs with rocky coves and turquoise blue water. Activities at Salt Point include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, diving and camping. Two campgrounds provide 139 campsites with a fire-ring, picnic table, food locker and flush toilets.

Salt Point State Park
25050 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3221

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  • Stump Beach is located off Highway 1 just north of the main entrance for Salt Point State Park. Stump features a tiny cove tucked between towering rocky bluffs with a sandy beach and tide pools. Watch for turnout and parking area off Highway 1 and follow a short trail to the ocean. A 1-mile coastal trail links Stump Beach with Gerstle Cove to the south. No facilities.
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  • Gerstle Cove is located off Highway 1 at the Gerslte Cove entrance for Salt Point State Park. Gertsle Cove features a large rocky cove with picturesque picnic areas and several short trails descending the bluff to rocky beaches with tide pools. A 1-mile coastal trail links Gerstle Cove with Stump Beach to the north. Restrooms available.
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Ocean Cove is located across Highway 1 from the Ocean Cove Store through campground entrance. Small cove with mostly rocky shore and boat launch access. Popular for camping, scuba diving, fishing and boating. Restrooms available at campground located on the bluff.

Ocean Cove
23125 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3422

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Stillwater Cove County Park is located off Highway 1 at the Stillwater Cove Park entrance. Small picturesque rocky cove with boat launch access. Popular for camping, scuba diving, fishing and boating. Restrooms available at campground located on the bluff.

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Timber Cove is located off Highway 1 at the Timber Cove Boat Landing. Small rocky cove with boat launch access and camping. Restrooms available at campground located on the bluff. Entrance fee.

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Fort Ross State Historic Park is located approximately 12 miles north of Jenner. trailhead to Sandy Cove located behind the fort. Fort Ross was once a Russian settlement and part Russia's attempt to colonize North America in the 1800's. The fort served as a hub for trade, exploration and settlement in the region. Several original structures still remain. One primitive campground is available. Reef Beach is located south of Fort Ross at Reef Campground. Other ocean access points are available to the north of Fort Ross that are good for tide pooling. These include Windermere Point and Fort Ross North Cove. Restrooms are available at the fort.

Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3286

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River's End is located just outside the town of Jenner on the north side of the Russian River. Large sandy beach at mouth of river. No facilities.

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Bodega Bay

Sonoma Coast State Park is a series of beaches stretching from Bodega Bay to the south up the coast 17 miles and past the town of Jenner. There's something for everyone between all these beaches.

Sonoma Coast State Park
Bodega Bay, California 94923
(707) 875-3483

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  • Goat Rock is a large sandy beach with picnic tables and restrooms. Access from Goat Rock Road. Access from Highway 1 by turning east on Willow Creek road at south side of Russian River.
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  • Blind Beach is a large sandy beach to the south of Goat Rock. Access from Goat Rock Road. Restrooms available.
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  • Shell Beach is known for its exceptional tide pools and fishing. Watch for sign off Highway 1. Restrooms available.
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  • Wright's Beach offers camping. Restroom facilities, running water, fire rings and picnic tables are provided. Bodega Dunes are nearby with shower facilities. Watch for sign off Highway 1.
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  • Duncan's Landing was once a loading point for lumber company exports. Blooming wildflowers in the Spring draw tourists to the area. Small scenic loop over bluff. Two parking areas offer trails leading down to the ocean. Watch of sign off Highway 1. No facilities.
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  • Portuguese Beach & Schoolhouse Beach are large sandy beaches popular with surf fisherman. Three parking areas offer access to these two beaches. Portuguese is a large sandy beach where Schoolhouse is a small cove bordered by bluffs. No facilities.
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  • Carmet Beach, Marshall Gulch, Arched Rock & Miwok Beach are a string of small beaches located along Highway 1. Several turnouts offer easy access to each of these beaches. No facilities.
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  • Salmon Creek connects with Bodega Dunes to offer two miles of large, sandy beach. The creek forms a freshwater lagoon on the sand. Fishing, picnicking, beach combing and surfing are popular activities. Access from Highway 1 just north of Salmon Creek. Restroom available.
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  • Bodega Dunes offers a multitude of camping options as well as RV hookups. Facilities including hot showers are available. A classic boardwalk leads to a huge sandy beach. Access from Bodega Dunes Campground entrance on dirt road just past the entrance station or from Bean Avenue directly off Highway 1. Restrooms available.
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  • Bodega Head forms the entrance to Bodega Harbor. Hiking trails across the bluffs lead to small cove beaches. Crabbing is popular along the harbor jetty. Exit Eastshore Road from Highway 1. Make right on Bay Flat Road and follow to the end. Bay Flat Road becomes Westshore Road. Restrooms available.
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Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Trail is located off Highway 1 at the Bodega Dunes Campground turnoff. Make a right on dirt road just past the entrance station and continue to parking area approximately a half-mile ahead. Trail follows the bluff above the ocean with several access points. Camping and flush restrooms available.

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Doran County Beach is located off Doran Beach Road from Highway 1. This is a popular and huge sandy beach on the Bodega Harbor peninsula.

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Dillon Beach is located off Highway 1 from Dillon Beach Road. Head west out of the small town of Tomales. Park in the large parking lot. Dillon is run by the Dillon Beach Resort and features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes and a small community. To the north is a rocky coastline with tide pools and to the south is more sandy beach at Lawson's Landing. Dillon is a popular dog beach where dogs are allowed to roam freely. Restrooms available at parking lot. Pay parking.

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