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Elfin Forest Preserve

Address: Los Osos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Los Osos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
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Type: Forests, Nature & Parks

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los angeles, CA
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51 reviews 51 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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304 reviews 304 reviews
108 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Il
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
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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1,225 helpful votes 1,225 helpful votes
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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Centennial, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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