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Elfin Forest Preserve

Los Osos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Los Osos
Type: Forests
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Cali
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The forest was not what we expected from the descriptions we read. But it was still a very nice, scenic walk that lead to the ocean, which we also did not expect. We will return again.

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Los Osos
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This area is off the beaten path but has wonderful views of the southern portion of Morro Bay. It is perfect for a 15 to 30 minute walk and there are a few places where you can sit and enjoy the view. It gives you a glimpse of what it must have been like back in the days of the... More

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Templeton California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This was a perfect walk for us because my husband has a tough time walking for very long and I usually go on ahead and sometimes we hardly ever see each other after the first ten minutes. The boardwalk made it easier for us to stay together most of the way. We also appreciated the benches provided here and there... More

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CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Spanish moss dangling on a lot of the oaks. There is a special species of oak here not found many other places. They have grotesque look about them and are really quite beautiful. Very nice hike.

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Los Osos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I live near this magical little forest. I enjoy this beautiful space most early in the morning. Sunrise, or shortly afterwards it is just spectacular with the sun raising in the east and glistening off the serine waters of the Morro Bay back bay. Every time I come to the Elfin Forrest I am reminded why I love living on... More

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Los Osos, California
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This little-known preserve is a wonderful place to renew your inner peace. The winding boardwalk makes it easy for anyone to enjoy, including your canine best friend. I pause at the overlooks to enjoy the vista of Morro Bay and the sand spit that separates it from the ocean. If you go on the early side of the morning or... More

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Newmarket, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

A nice walk that is wheelstair accesible. There are several entrance points so remember which one you start from. Be sure to bring you camera and binoculars with you. The views are beautiful and there are lots of birds to see. The pygmy oaks hanging moss are really pretty. The views of the bay and the surrounding hills is beautiful.

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CT
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24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Can't imagine why anyone would go there! Plants are mostly dying and saw very few birds nearby. With strong binoculars we could see some geese in the distance on the estuary. We were the only tourists; there are a total of 6 spaces to park,2 of which are handicapped. That should have been the first clue....

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Just park at the dead end of 16th St off Santa Ysabel and enjoy. There is a nice even boardwalk that wanders through the Pigmee Oaks, with fab views of the estuary and dunes, clear over to Morro Bay. Great nature and bird watching!

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Los Angeles, California
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We made a short stop at the Elfin Forest Preserve and it was well worth it. There are very well constructed and handicapped accessible boardwalks throughout the Elfin Forest that lead out to viewing points of the Morro Bay estuary. We saw lots of birds, including a turkey vulture, and the elfin oak trees were spread throughout the preserve. The... More

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