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San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

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Great Hiking

My sister introduced me to San Elijo Lagoon’s hiking trails many years ago and we have been going... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2018
Elizabeth S
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Great Walk

Sooner or later all migrating birds show up to enjoy this wonderful lagoon. It’s a simple walk over... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2018
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2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2204
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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

My sister introduced me to San Elijo Lagoon’s hiking trails many years ago and we have been going ever since. Coastal shrub landscape offers a chance to watch birds and spend time away from it all. Trails are well maintained and appropriate for walking or...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

Sooner or later all migrating birds show up to enjoy this wonderful lagoon. It’s a simple walk over perfect trails which are so easy and relaxing with excellent view points.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed January 12, 2018

This is the perfect place to take a short walk with your dog or small child. Lagoon is near the beach and has a good view. Good place for when you just walk to walk somewhere but you don't have that much time. Flat.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Monaiv
Reviewed January 11, 2018

My wife and I found the Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve somewhat disappointing. There is a nice 45-60 min walk on a loop trail from the visitor's center - but most of the other trails were closed - apparently due to work on the nearby...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank LightFighter
Reviewed October 28, 2017

The Reserve encompasses nearly 1000 acres and has seven miles of trails through 5 different types of habitat. Over 700 species of plants and animals live there. The Lagoon is a major place on the Pacific flyway so good birding especially in the winter. In...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Linda j
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Easy walking trail around the lagoon with informative signs and knowledgeable staff in the learning center.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank crS8435BC
Reviewed August 8, 2017

When he was still living, the Rockett brought me here to absorb the San Diego County wonder called San Elijo (not Sal Elijo). Thanks kindly Rockett. He wasn't fooling,what a beautiful place! First, what a wonderful, hilly area for a nature preserve! The trails were...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Feedbackart
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Easy to long trails, lots of birds for birdwatching, hermit crabs, jumping fish, a wonderful nature center..there is something for everyone.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Moxiethebeagle
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

I can't believe I didn't know about this place sooner. I started taking my tot when he was around 1.5 (now 2.5yrs) and we love it. The folks are so friendly and always willing to talk about the snakes or the tortious. My son loves...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Jamie L
Reviewed July 10, 2017

This wonderful slice of aquatic beach/lagoon wilderness is such a breath of fresh air after a day of hectic SoCal traffic and work pressure. Easily accessible from the I-5 or Coast Highway in Cardiff, I urge you to enjoy this serene location. Whether you want...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Joel K
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Response from Moxiethebeagle | Reviewed this property |
Dogs on a leash are allowed but NOT dogs off leash.