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Address: Los Osos, CA
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Visit Tiny Oak Trees

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Central Coast, CA
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Central Coast, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is a beautiful hike on raised boardwalk and you have unobstructed views of Morro Rock, the whole bay and surrounding mountains and hills. We entered at 15th street and walked down to the view overlooking the bay. Your still a ways away and up from the waters edge but with zoom lens and good binoculars you can see a... More 

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Clovis, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It was an exceptionally warm and beautiful day for January so my husband and I decided to walk the Elfin Forest. It's very easy to find and parking is free on the street. The preserve is completely marked and you can follow the boarded walk way which makes a big loop or you can go off into the dirt areas... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great boardwalk hike. Takes about 1 hour to walk the trail. Beautiful views - only drawback is no bathrooms - ugh!

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Los Osos, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This 90 acre preserve is a demonstration garden for native plants. Reforestation is continually in progress to maintain the authenticity of the area. There are Bay views from the higher areas of the park. It has a 1 1/4 mile board walk that encircles the area and makes it even handicapped accessible. It is a peaceful place to sit and... More 

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Fremont, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The "short" oak trees and shrubs in this area is what makes this an interesting Elfin Forest Preserve to visit. I also saw a nice view of Morro Rock. There are some interesting signs about the Chumash Native Americans who lived in the area. People with dogs and others hike the trails in this area. It was interesting, but with... More 

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