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Address: Los Osos, CA
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Beautiful safe, flat walk to the bay

Park your car and enter at a number of places to walk to the bay on a beautiful fall walkway. On a clear day you can see for miles and will probably see wildlife on the way too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Los Osos, California
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Los Osos, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Park your car and enter at a number of places to walk to the bay on a beautiful fall walkway. On a clear day you can see for miles and will probably see wildlife on the way too - birds, maybe even a snake, rabbits, etc.

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California
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29 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not a forest at all, simply a collection of shrubbery beside a marshy inlet from the ocean. Yes, it is a complete and endangered ecosystem, and it should be protected, but, really, it would be of interest only to botanists and others interested in plan systems. The average tourist might make better use of time elsewhere in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Me and my husband wanted to go somewhere close to the Inn we stayed at before visiting Hearst Castle. I looked on my trip advisor map and found this so we took the short drive here. the hike was pleasantly easy for me (55 year old woman with RA). What an amazing adventure on one side of the trail is... More 

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San Luis Obispo County, CA
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Elfin Forest Natural Area is a nature preserve protecting a unique plant community in Los Osos/Baywood Park, along the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo County. The trees grow on prehistoric sand dunes, rising 150 feet above southern Morro Bay, and on the north of Los Osos-Baywood Park. Tiny trees look like the homes of hobbits and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great way to spend an afternoon walking among the pygmy oaks and other coastal flora. There is a wooden path that takes you through the site which is child and dog friendly. Plants are labeled and there are some extraordinary viewing places that earned a "wow" from my husband and me. It took us approximately 1 1/2 hours at a... More 

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Central Coast, CA
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Elfin Forest is a small wilderness area where California oak trees have been stunted by sandy soil and cool weather. There are trails leading into it from 16th Street to 11th Street, off of Santa Ysabel Ave. The 16th Street entrance has handicapped access to a wooden boardwalk. Be sure that you go all the way down to where... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We came here after visiting Morro Rock on a local's recommendation and we were not disappointed. The trails are well marked and the boardwalk made it easy to walk. There are benches along the trails so you can sit and enjoy the bird sounds. Certainly worth a few hours of your time

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Los Osos, California, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You are surrounded by live dwarf coastal Oaks. Nice boardwalk. An easy place to walk and use a stroller or wheel chair. Great views of the estuary. Parking is in the neighbors for workable but can be challenging. One of the truly cool spots to visit here.

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los angeles, CA
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59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well laid out walking path - an easy walk w/ some mild slopes, but benches for resting, observing, contemplating - hidden glens. Historical and geographic markers and educational information bring respect to a bygone culture and people. Only downside are those that don't follow the rules and allow their dogs off leash - in general, a very peaceful retreat.

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San Francisco, California
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42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Loved this preserve and the care that went into creating it. Boardwalk walkways throughout so as to protect the flora and fauna. The path takes you around the preserve and provides 2 lookout points that give a gorgeous view of birdlife on Morro Bay. The trees are the best. Very unusual Pygmy Oaks that are a photographer's dream. Go here... More 

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Address: Los Osos, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Los Osos

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