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An easy and beautiful walk

Park anywhere at the end of 12th through 17th streets and you will spot an entrance to the Elfin Forest Preserve. A dirt trail will lead you to a series of boardwalks that will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
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Culver City, California
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Culver City, California
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265 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Park anywhere at the end of 12th through 17th streets and you will spot an entrance to the Elfin Forest Preserve. A dirt trail will lead you to a series of boardwalks that will take you in kind of a loop through the preserve. Along the way you will see lots of plants, some animals and birds - and great... More 

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Groveland, California
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134 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This raised boardwalk trail is wonderful for families of all ages. The signs marking the foliage and trees are well done and informative. The two view points of the estuary are lovely, with benches and interpretive signs. There are access paths from several parking areas. The whole thing would take only about an hour, even with young children, not including... More 

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Warriewood, Australia
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A unique forest walk in an area that has been developed through pure devotion! Based on a wooden board walk above ground with some roped area additional walks leading to mini grottos in the forest, the walk is suitable for all ages and physicality is not high... There are signs pointing to various flora and fauna along the trails and... More 

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Madera, California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is one of the most enjoyable walks I have been on! First of all you have a boardwalk instead of walking on sand dunes. This makes the trail suitable for everyone, even very small children. They have wonderful interpretive signs with a story of a Chummush Indian girl giving the history and value of the forest. But whatever you... More 

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Thank Sandi D
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Ok, that was just a tag line. You enter Elfin forest through a residential street access. Wad through a small stretch of sand covered trail and all of a sudden, you landed on a really well constructed wooden plenk walk. A map allows you to know how the loop works. Walk and you will be near the estuary for a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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69 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This walk is about one mile but you can also take the side paths leading to the parkings (sand paths) and make it about 1.5 miles. We parked at street 16th but you can park at any of the parallel streets if there are no spaces.....Wonderful views on the bay, and nice mossy oaks and a nice grove. If you... More 

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Los Osos, California
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 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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Thank Jan N
California
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222 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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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1 Thank OnParleFrancais
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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