A large state
park with 5-mile-long ocean coast, dunes, and few creeks.
Not a lot of
things to see here, you can enjoy walking on the secluded beach, exploring the
creeks and enjoy your time away of the crowd.
campground is located on a side road heading west of highway 1, less than one mile
north of the small-town Manchester.
access parking lot is located at the end of the road.
You can visit
here year-round, do expect evening fog during the summer months.
is close during the winter months.
Additional Blogs of nearby Parks:
Due note 1: There is a
large KOA site just before the park campground.
Due note 2: I saw that
there is good fishing opportunities in the park’s two streams, Brush Creek, and
Due note 3: The park is
fully open and exposed to the wind, do expect strong winds year-round and warm
clothing is recommended.
This is not on
my highly recommended parks list.
There is not a
lot of things to see or do here except exploring the large sandy ocean beach and
walking in the large flat sand-dunes are cover with native dune grassland.
This was not on
my plan, but I had time to spend in the morning before the opening of Point Arena
Lighthouse Museum (open at 10am) so I decided to visit this nearby park.
I parked my car
at the end of the road near the beach.
First, I walk
on the sand dune edge above the beach until I manage to find a way to go down
to the beach itself, then I walk north along the shoreline.
beach with a lot of driftwood.
When walking on
the beach near the water be carful from sneaky wave that can catch you by surprise.
When I had enough,
I climb to the dunes level and walk back to the parking lot.
There aren’t any
official trails, but you can find trails that crosses in between the dune vegetation.
I was back at
the parking lot and still had more time, so I walk south ¾ of a mile to Brush
On my way there
I saw 2 local fishermen’s coming back after morning fishing, probably looking
for steelhead or salmon fishing.
After easy 15-minute
walk, I arrived at Brush Creek.
It was January and
the creek was flowing, paving it way in the send barricade all the way to the
This block my
way south, I can cross it near the beach, but I did not want to get wet.
It was already 10am,
I went back to my car and drove to Point Arena Lighthouse.
Western Snowy Plovers:
There are only
an estimated 2,100 adult breeding Western Snowy Plovers in the world it is
listed as a "species of special concern" by the State of California.
The San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks has been carrying
out monitoring, public education, and enforcement of regulations for several
years to promote recovery of the plover population.
State Park, ocean front send dunes is one of the state parks protecting this
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