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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 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Owner description: A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.
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Type: Geologic Formations, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Owner description: A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.

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Dublin, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Take a walk along this gorgeous coastline, paths are clearly marked and accessible. Watch the waves just pound the rocks and see the birds flying effortlessly above. Bring a picnic and enjoy this spectacular coastline!

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San Carlos, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Mendocino Headlands State Park is absolutely beautiful! There is a trail that you can follow along the coast while admiring the beauty of the ocean. Places like these are typically swarming with visitors. However, when I visited in November, there were only a handful of people walking along the trail. I'm not sure if I just happened to visit on... More 

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Sayville, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We live on an island on the east coast. Our beaches are some of the best in the world. The Mendocino shore left us speechless.

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New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The park has great views of the coast and some abandoned buildings that are all great subjects for a photographer.

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Mendocino, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I walk the headlands almost everyday and never tire of the view. If you are visiting Mendocino and do not have much time to spare walking or driving the headlands (with a stop or two) is the one thing I would recommend you do. You will see magnificent ocean vistas, oftentimes hear sea lions and see a large variety of... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We had not been back to Mendocino for over five years. The drought has certainly affected the flora and fauna. Usually, the landscape is quite green and lush, but there were many "brown areas" prevalent during our visit. Nonetheless, it was still beautiful.

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Chicago, IL
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204 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This state park is around the town of Mendocino. There are some walking paths on the clifftops, as well as down to the 2 beaches. The views of the ocean, as well as of the town are fabulous. There is a blowhole and the sunset views from the parking area are quite phenomenal. A great wander when staying in or... More 

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Granite Bay, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Fantastic views all the way around the loop and great way to wander a day away watching the waves crash the cliffs.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visit the town of Mendocino if you like scenic older buildings, good food, and quick access to gorgeous views of rocky beaches. We kept hoping to see sea lions, but never did.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

You'll never see anything quite like it. If you're in the area, plan on spending at least an hour or two wandering the headlands. The view is jaw-dropping and the hiking is second to none.

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