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Beautiful Estuary and a nice hike

The estuary is teaming with many kinds of birds. The views back towards Morro Bay are Breathtaking. The hike is fairly easy with a boardwalk through large sections.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The estuary is teaming with many kinds of birds. The views back towards Morro Bay are Breathtaking. The hike is fairly easy with a boardwalk through large sections.

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Western U.S.
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

What a beautiful walk on a wooden, mostly flat boardwalk through the ancient sand dunes, scrub oaks and "elfin forest" with some amazing viewpoints along the way. Very family and pet friendly, and safe enough for smaller children. A boardwalk extends along the whole walk, so it's an easy little hike. Very quiet and peaceful with beautiful plants, flowers and... More 

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Pasadena, CA, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is a forest of low underbrush with neatly carved hiking trails. It has a full panoramic view of Morro Bay looking northbound over the state park and the town. The water is near the most secluded part of the back bay, so there are almost no waves, but also, no crowds, shops, noise, or anything distracting.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Views of Morro Bay. Interesting vegetation. Flat trails for short 30-45min hikes. Pleasant place...we were there in late April. Lots of shrubs and brush ..good birding if you want to see the shy birds..

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Richmond, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We took a walk all around this preserve. It feels like you are going back in time, because it is very quiet, and seems untouched by man. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Huntington Beach, California
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478 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Had someone from our Inn not mentioned it at happy hour we probably would not have gone there. But it was right up the road, it was free and it was very unique. We walked the entire outer rim, read the signs about its history and were enthralled by the amount of wildlife we saw. An easy hour of exercise... More 

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Indio, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Very nice boardwalk trail through the Elfin Forrest. Great views of the bay. The trail has one accessible entry point and several others places to pick up the trail. Parking is on the street near the access points.

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Santa Clarita, California
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51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Although we've been to Morro Bay many times, we hadn't heard of this place until this trip. I'm not sure how long the trails are, but likely over 2 miles. It's a very easy, very peaceful walk. The path/trail is a wooden boardwalk.The story behind this preserve is very touching (a local family was killed in an auto accident) The... More 

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Culver City, California
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320 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Park anywhere at the end of 12th through 17th streets and you will spot an entrance to the Elfin Forest Preserve. A dirt trail will lead you to a series of boardwalks that will take you in kind of a loop through the preserve. Along the way you will see lots of plants, some animals and birds - and great... More 

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Groveland, California
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83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This raised boardwalk trail is wonderful for families of all ages. The signs marking the foliage and trees are well done and informative. The two view points of the estuary are lovely, with benches and interpretive signs. There are access paths from several parking areas. The whole thing would take only about an hour, even with young children, not including... More 

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