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Partington Cove

Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Barely noticeable gate takes you down onto a hike right to the sea, through tunnels and trees to sea otter and crashing waves. We saw condors, dolphins and whales. Go!

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The walk down to the coves is a breeze, but watch out for the walk back up! The terrain is steep and there are no handrails, but it is not problematic since the trail is very wide. The coves themselves are quite nice and picturesque.

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Long Beach, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great spot to explore nature on the central coast. The trail is relatively steep, but manageable, switchbacking a bit from the road down to the cove. Along the way, you'll encounter a variety of vegetation, including natives (lupine & yarrow) and non-natives (mustard), redwoods, and poison oak. At the bottom of the hill, the trail splits. Veering left takes you... More

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Ontario
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While traveling down Highway 1, we came across this hiking trail. It is part of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park but there is no fee to use it. A bit of a steep walk down but if you are reasonably normal in activity, you can do it. Kids (older than 8) would have no problem. You access it from... More

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MORGAN HILL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This beach is very hard to find, but has a nice walk down a hill. The beach is very rocky and can be challenging to navigate. There is a fun tunnel and that lets you out to another beach, rocky also. We saw a seal in the water. Lots of waves. No other people are usually here. Not much parking,... More

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South Padre Island, Texas
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Exactly what we wanted excersize. Steep hill down on way in. Decent vistas, and a cool tunnel. Worth it if u want excersize.

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Monterey, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There is not much of a designated parking area, so just park off the road, in the curve, above Partington Cove, below Partington Ridge. It's an easy walk down to cove, and through the tunnel, to the area which not too long ago was used to load and off load big boats. A natural harbor, and aside from being scenic... More

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

...which you will need to going back, and have a couple hours, you will find rewards exceeded by few walks in the Sur. Partington Landing has a nice bench on which you will spend some time. Imagine seagoing sailing ships coming in there, onloading redwood and tanbark. Imagine dolphins, and a sea otter giving a 15-minute grooming show to you... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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209 reviews 209 reviews
65 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The Partington Cove trail head is located two miles north of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Park on either side of the highway. On the coast side there is a gated-road that leads to the cove. The one-mile trail starts with a steep decent through a wooded canyon. The trail continues to a 60-foot tunnel that is tall enough... More

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Alameda, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

A magical, mystical natural cove. It takes some effort to get there (and even more to get back up a fairly long and steep trail) but it's worth it.

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