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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Beautiful views

I walk the reserve quite frequently and am rewarded each time. The trails are groomed with sand or... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Huntington Beach, California
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Lovely walk

Went with entire family. Great place to walk as far as you care to. In among the marshes and past... read more

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Caroline M
Hilton head island SC
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Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I walk the reserve quite frequently and am rewarded each time. The trails are groomed with sand or rock, and are well kept. The wildlife is different each day and changes with the seasons. The bird watching is phenomenal. You may see Osprey, Owl, Red...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

Went with entire family. Great place to walk as far as you care to. In among the marshes and past beautiful homes overlooking the area and the Pacific in the distance.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Caroline M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Dogs are not allowed. Well kept, nice trails, places to sit and relax looking at the ocean or tide basin. Trails are marked with information. When you arrive go into the trailer and meet the friendly staff and get knowledge of the birds in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank janice g
Reviewed 2 days ago

this is a really cool place to go for a long walk. you can do the whole thing in about 2-3 hours depending on how fast you want to walk. Tons of animals to see and also a great place to go for a run.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Austin H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Located between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Huntington Beach.. lies a reserve for marine life. It’s one of my favorite places to go to wind down from the hustle and bustle of city life. Parking is a pain in the weekends, but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CambodiaTravelsGuide
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sought out a natural spot within the kind of urban/suburban sprawl of Anaheim where we were in an Airbnb for a week. For a 30 minute drive, at first we didn't know if it would be a good spot, it looked a bit industrial...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MaudraS
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a world renowned site for birding, and a fun place for a walk any day. No dogs! You never know what you will see from the occasional otter to endangered Sea birds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank raymondhiemstra
Reviewed November 26, 2018

This is a great spot to watch birds and fish as you walk all around the reserve. I highly suggest parking on Warner Av rather than PCH if possible. Both parking lots are free.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gr8fish2017
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Ecological paradise. Amazingly beautiful birds and breathtaking scenery. Multiple varieties of land and sea species that are amazing to watch. Lovely walking paths. Great for bird watchers. Bring your binoculars and camera.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank drroz2018
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Such a great natural respite from the traffic and crowds in the area! 2 free parking lots, one on Warner near the PCH and one on the PCH near Bolsa Chick beach. The bridge from the PCH lot is closed off by a fence for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 27, 2017|
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Response from 569franb | Reviewed this property |
Not very busy, especially during the week. However on the weekends, it is more crowded especially with locals bird watching.