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Mendocino Headlands State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone Number: 707-937-5804
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Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.

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Great Access to the Headlands

If you are in staying in Mendocino, a nice stroll down to the headlands will give you perfect glimpse into the ruggedness of this section of coast. The view of the clear, swirling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Ken P
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you are in staying in Mendocino, a nice stroll down to the headlands will give you perfect glimpse into the ruggedness of this section of coast. The view of the clear, swirling water on a sunny day is not to be missed.

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

A quiet and clean part of the beautiful north coast. If passing through this is a great place to have lunch or take a quick walk.

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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Pleasant breezes, river access or ocean access, depending on location. Riverside camping had no tree cover - best suited for RVs. We were geocaching, but also scouting for a future camping trip. Clean restrooms, reasonably helpful signage - on and off the main highway.

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Felton, CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A pleasant little walk that is easy and should take at most a couple of hours--but what views!!! Watch out for poison oak in sections, especially down near the church where trails get narrow. Not as many wildflowers as I would have liked--lots of flowers--just most of them non-native. I suppose one should expect that in an area that was... More 

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Plano, Texas
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181 reviews 181 reviews
36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I love this place. It has been my "go to" place in Northern California for decades. You can get down to a cove that is protected by the Head and play in the sand or go over to the Blow Hole and look down the hole and see waves meeting beneath. I was given to understand that seawater blows out... More 

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Orcutt, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It can get a bit windy, but definitely worth seeing.Watching the waves crash on the rocks, breathe in the sea air, and it's just like Heaven.

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Fallon, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

One of the best views and access to the coast! We saw seals and whales! A must see! Very easy to get to.

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Petaluma, California
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Perfect trails skirting along the coves in Mendocino. Turquoise water laps hidden beaches, as you weave your way through fields laced with wild iris. One end of the trail leads down to a large, driftwood strewn beach on Big River, while the other way presents amazing vistas that continue for several miles. A special surprise were the many sea arches.... More 

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Roseville, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Beautiful views of the ocean and whales. Lots of trails winding along the coast, easy walking. It's difficult climbing down to the beach, however.

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Oakland, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Mendocino Headlands State Park is a small park that is part of the town of Mendocino. It is walking distance from the city center, and there are paths along the cliffs to explore. You can also come by car and use the generous parking that looks straight onto the ocean. The whales migrate very close to this point so bring... More 

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