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Elfin Forest Preserve

Los Osos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Los Osos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Centennial, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

While vacationing in Los Osos, we visited the Elfin Forest twice with our dogs for a nice walk along the well-maintained boardwalk. We were fascinated by the pygmy oak and other species of vegetation, as well as the beautiful views of the Morro Bay estuary that await you. Well worth a visit!

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San Diego
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This preserve sits right on an estuary near Morro Bay. It has boardwalks through the area with commentary signs about the vegetation, the history (Chumash Indians) and even the weather. It's a nice respite from trail hiking and town walking. Thanks to the folks in Los Osos that endowed this beautiful spot.

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California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This small enclave has views of marshland and wildlife, a pond, a bridge, gorgeous trees, a great location for the sunset across the ocean, and a line of sight to Morro Rock. There are places to sit and just take in the wonderfulness of nature.

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Irvine, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Elfin Forest Preserve. It was so fun walking on the boardwalk loop - and the boardwalk is great because it protects the habitat. The ecosystem was so healthy. We saw so many moths and butterflies and birds! Unique miniature oak trees and other native flora were our favorite. Many of the plants were... More

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Cali
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8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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