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Mendocino Headlands State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95460
707-937-5804
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Geologic Formations
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.
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Plymouth, MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Great hiking !!!! Bring a picnic and enjoy your day. The vista are spectacular - along with bird watching.

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Santa Rosa, Ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

There is nothing like the Mendocino Coast to rejuvenate your spirit and take in all of the natural beauty of the ocean. The views are inspiring and the Mendocino Village is filled with many beautiful art galleries with talented artists to enjoy.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

No tickets. Great accessibility. Invisible "policing". Uncrowded. Un-gussied. Definitely a heavenly experience.

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Roseville, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We got into town right before the sun went down. Easy to find parking and walked right out onto the rocks. The spray of the large waver below flew in the air as the sun slowly dipped into the horizon. Don't miss this!!

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Los Gatos, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Great walks along the rocky coast. It's a great spot to watch the sunset and is right in the village of Mendocino.

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Ny, NY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Relax by the ocean and watch the whales swim by! Spectacular day walking along easy, flat trails. We drove to one of the parking lots, walked along the coast towards town and had a great lunch. Walking back to the car, we relaxed on a bench along the trail and watched whales and dolphins spout and swim off the coast.... More

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Turlock, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I highly recommend this walk for everyone. The trail is level and well marked with some interesting history items from Mendocino's whaling past. Over about a 30 minute period, we saw more than 40 whale spouts and a few backs and flukes. I've never seen so many spouts in one place at one time. I'd do this walk again in... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Easy to walk to from town and the surf is magnificent. Any time of the day the light is spectacular. Even fog is interesting.

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Brooklyn, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The Headland State Park is the backyard to historic Mendocino Village. Ideal for whale watching and observing the powerful waves that crash over the rocks and against the bluffs. Awesome!

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Mill Valley, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
19 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lovely trails to explore and watch the surf, the coast, the lighthouse! This time of year, you can park your car and sit for hours watching the migrating whales. Incredible spot!

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