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MacKerricher State Park

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Great beach and coastal access

A beautiful beach as well as a boardwalk trail to the headlands. Migrating whales and seals... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Enjoy the black beach and the boardwalk

Worth the time. Parking can be a problem during popular times. You can spend a few minutes or a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Craig M
Chico, California
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“tide pools”(132 reviews)
“board walk”(28 reviews)
“nice boardwalk”(20 reviews)
MacKerricher is a great place to observe whales, and it also provides a habitat for several rare plant species.
24100 Mackerricher Park Rd, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
+1 707-964-9112
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A beautiful beach as well as a boardwalk trail to the headlands. Migrating whales and seals visible when in season.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank williamlG2154DM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the time. Parking can be a problem during popular times. You can spend a few minutes or a few hours here, just depends on what you want to do. The black beach is fascinating to me and I always enjoy walking ailing the boardwalk.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Craig M
Reviewed November 27, 2018

We visited the park for only a day and walked the wooden boardwalk at the point. Great views of the ocean and nice places to sit and rest along the way. We drove through the campsite area, most sites were close together but a few...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JerryInLodi
Reviewed November 21, 2018

Great headlands hiking here. You can park for free within MacKerricher then take the short walk out to the ocean where a main walkway goes both north and south. From there are short bursts out to the headlands with incredible views and scenery. We walked...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Vinocav58
Reviewed November 18, 2018

We visited several parts of this park, visiting the main park. The visitor center was closed as we were there mid week. We took the tide pool and seal viewing trail - it did not disappoint. The boardwalk trail was easy to travel on. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank leaoutwest
Reviewed November 16, 2018

From the dark sands to the rocky cliffs, from the amazing views of the coastline surf to the wildlife, this is a wonderful walk. Coming back to whale watch in the winter. Accessible boardwalk, as well as trails along the coastline, and lots of places...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank soulwatch
Reviewed November 5, 2018

It was very nice to walk along the boardwalk to the furthest viewing area where we saw several whales-their sprays and part of their back, fin or tale! Free day use.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Departure13801774909
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Easy and free access to the coast with a boardwalk that takes you along the coast and tells the story of the place and the animals. Highlights: 1. Tide pools 2. Seals 3. Sea Palms 4. Coast Line and Views 5. Great walk along the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank semimu
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We biked over to the boardwalk and enjoyed the amazing view. There were harbor seals in the water. The clear blue skies and the soft ocean breeze made this beautiful hike a wonderful memory for me and my family. Easy parking at the entrance and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 808allisonc
Reviewed October 13, 2018

At the park entrance there is a whale skeleton which washed ashore several decades ago and an interactive learning center. There is a board walk out to Laguna Point for whale watching, seal veiwing, shore birds, guide pools and people watching. Signs explain about indigenous...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Stacy K
January 9, 2019|
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Response from Karen D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stacy K, Yes, dogs are allowed on leash and on designated trails, the boardwalks and the old Haul Road which runs from the north end of Fort Bragg at Pudding Creek, through MacKerricher, and north. They are not allowed... More
Tiphanie G
July 10, 2018|
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Response from Moe92136 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't stay there. Was just a day trip which was pretty cool.
June 30, 2018|
Response from Moe92136 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at a hotel and walked around the park. Don’t remember losing cell service at all, but wasn’t really paying attention. Do remember other people were on their phones, and one lady actually lost hers and her hubby was... More