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Beautiful boardwalk

What a beautiful place! Walk along a boardwalk as it winds you through the preserve. Dog friendly... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
Jeni H
Temecula, California
Unexpected and Awe-inspiring

I didn't realize this trail existed and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when my husband and I... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
San Diego, California
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1103 Santa Maria Ave, Los Osos, CA 93402
Most Helpful Positive Review
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,...More

4  Thank Nickel128
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not a forest at all, simply a collection of shrubbery beside a marshy inlet from the ocean. Yes, it is a complete and endangered ecosystem, and it should be protected, but, really, it would be of interest only to botanists and others interested in plan...More

1  Thank OnParleFrancais
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

What a beautiful place! Walk along a boardwalk as it winds you through the preserve. Dog friendly too!

Thank Jeni H
Reviewed September 11, 2018

I didn't realize this trail existed and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when my husband and I set out to find it. We were pleasantly surprised. The trail is actually a wooden path, so no special footwear is required. We stayed for about...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Great place to walk and chill, see the sights and hope something pops up like baby quail! Several places to park to get onto the boardwalk. I was there on Monday afternoon and no one was present so great views and peaceful walk, it was...More

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Short walk, but was disappointed, not thinking we would see anything special. Area is a loop trail. Not much to see along way, maybe some birds and lots of brush. When we reached the Elfin trees at mid point of trail, it was nice. Not...More

1  Thank sqw
Reviewed June 11, 2018

What a treat to find this easy and interesting meander through elfin oaks which are heralded to be up to 500 years old. We saw people of all ages including babies here because it is easy to walk on the board walk with little elevation...More

1  Thank CMR01
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Really enjoyed this wonderful walking trail. Well laid out and everything was beautiful. The view of the rock and all the shrubs, trees and plant life labeled was perfect. The estuary is a must see when in the area. We look forward to visiting again...More

2  Thank Shell1965
Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

Just across the estuary from our Morro Bay campground we found the Elfin Forest, a one mile gentle boardwalk through a beautiful range of Pacific Coast wilderness plants, trees and flowers, along with two peaceful viewpoints over the Bay. We accessed it through the 16th...More

1  Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed March 9, 2018

Our stop here was completely spur of the moment, but it was wonderful! My sister and I saw the signs for the preserve, and since we had some extra time on our road trip, stopped to investigate. We went early morning, and the light morning...More

1  Thank JessBooth2018
Reviewed March 1, 2018

This is one of those hidden gems. When you arrive it looks like you were mislead and not at all like the write ups. However if you just follow the walk and see it all it is spectacular. The history of the area and the...More

Thank Robert95765
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Any place called the 'Elfin Forest' is bound to have a little magic to it. The views here are superb, and there are a wide variety of awesome birds not often seen elsewhere.

Thank Brad W
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