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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Great bird watching and a beautiful walk

This is a great spot to watch birds and fish as you walk all around the reserve. I highly suggest... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Catonsville, Maryland
Peaceful and serene

Ecological paradise. Amazingly beautiful birds and breathtaking scenery. Multiple varieties of land... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Huntington Beach, California
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“the loop”(5 reviews)
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Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This is not too far away from where we live. I'd actually seen it driving by there quite a few times. I wasn't sure what it was. As right at the corner of Warner and PCH is a little trailer type building with a field...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lisa F
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I drove to see the reserve but ended up driving past and parking at a dog park to see the ocean. The reserve looked interesting with walking paths and bridges but I had limited time, when I passed the parking lot I had no chance...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank krisred2363
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

If you are a birder or nature lover, then this spot is a must! In three hours I was able to see 17 species of shorebirds. 42 species all together. The boardwalk, trail and benches were in great shape. The bathroom was out of order...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sheflew
Reviewed September 2, 2018

One of most favorite places to visit in Southern California. For birding photographers, its an absolute must see. The terns and other sea birds make flybys as close range and are always diving right off the boardwalk. I have seen several uncommon birds here as...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TheBirdBloggercom
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

City nature fix in this high population area. This is my favorite walk. Mixture of Ocean, Marsh, and green views with plenty of birds and beautiful trees. Spend an hour on a loop walk. Can’t get lost Free parking

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RCM92
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Saw so many, birds, a lot of raptors, so cool. Visitors center is a must stop before you walk, very interesting, and lots of info, support them and check this place out. There is a surprising History about this place, but wont give it away....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steven H
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The Bolsa Chica wetlands is a very nice little protected area. It's not very big area with a small parking lot off of PCH for about 15 cars. The walking bridge takes you across the salt water back bay. If you start at the parking...More

Date of experience: June 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.