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“Worth seeking out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elfin Forest Preserve

Elfin Forest Preserve
Los Osos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Los Osos
Type: Forests
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Newmarket, Canada
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
“Worth seeking out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

A nice walk that is wheelstair accesible. There are several entrance points so remember which one you start from. Be sure to bring you camera and binoculars with you. The views are beautiful and there are lots of birds to see. The pygmy oaks hanging moss are really pretty. The views of the bay and the surrounding hills is beautiful.

Visited October 2013
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
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“BIG disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Can't imagine why anyone would go there! Plants are mostly dying and saw very few birds nearby. With strong binoculars we could see some geese in the distance on the estuary. We were the only tourists; there are a total of 6 spaces to park,2 of which are handicapped. That should have been the first clue....

Visited September 2013
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Los Osos, California
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7 attraction reviews
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“A must see place in Los Osos!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Just park at the dead end of 16th St off Santa Ysabel and enjoy. There is a nice even boardwalk that wanders through the Pigmee Oaks, with fab views of the estuary and dunes, clear over to Morro Bay. Great nature and bird watching!

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Informative, Great Views, Handicapped Accessible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We made a short stop at the Elfin Forest Preserve and it was well worth it. There are very well constructed and handicapped accessible boardwalks throughout the Elfin Forest that lead out to viewing points of the Morro Bay estuary. We saw lots of birds, including a turkey vulture, and the elfin oak trees were spread throughout the preserve. The signage explains the life of the Chumash indians who lived in the area thousands of years ago and other signage also shows how the estuary is shrinking in size due to sedimentation. The walking in the preserve is gentle and this preserve is a great short visit for passerby of any age.

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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24 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Quiet forest walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I was on the other side of the preserve than the other reviews, no bays or estuaries, just a beautiful creek with little watfalls, birds chirping, and a cool breeze blowing. Coming from the city, this is exactly what I needed to relax. A great walk in the woods.

Visited August 2013
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