Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve
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  • Colin R
    Los Angeles, California5 contributions
    Amazing for bird watching
    My wife and I just took a trip to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, didn't even know that this place existed before we came. We ran into a local resident who is big into birding and he pointed us in this direction. Definitely did not disappoint. There is a huge variety of birds there, and we were able to catch a great horned owl, and Osprey pair, Willets, long-billed Curlew, snowy egrets, and a great blue heron, just to name a few. Parking was super easy and it was free entry as well. Would definitely recommend for anyone interested and seeing a variety bird species, whether you are an expert or just wanted to see a few cool birds. They also have a nice visual guide to the birds that you will see at one of the bench sites.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2018
  • Nickel128
    71 contributions
    Don't Miss It!
    My family and I have been visiting the Morro Bay for over a decade and we only recently visited here. We had a beautiful walk here along the boardwalks and dirt paths. There is a beautiful wooden viewing platform along the end of one of the wooden walkways, which was wonderful for viewing the bay and wildlife. It's peaceful and quiet, but families with young children will feel welcome too. Even though we visited on a cold and windy day, this special place felt warmer and sheltered from a cold early spring wind. Just park along side the road and walk right in! Benches abound - perfect for resting and taking in the views! If you're in the Morro Bay/Los Osos area, don't miss it!
    Traveled with family
    Written May 9, 2018
  • Laura T
    Los Osos, California14 contributions
    Sweet Springs Experience`
    I live across the street from Sweet Springs. Every time I visit this Preserve, I have a different experience. Once I saw a mother owl & her babies looking down at me from a Eucalyptus tree; several years ago spotted an eagle on the mud flats; saw a turtle floating on a board in the springs; meet people from all over during my visit. It is always a pleasant walk. These visits go back several years.
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 15, 2019
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Dawn M
Seattle, United States1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Solo
I have walked through this preserve many times. Each time there is something new to see. The slightly brackish spring wate r attracts schools of fish that swim up its meandering clear water pools from the adjacent salt water bay. Golden eagles, hawks, great herons and more make their homes there in the tall eucalyptus trees along the spring creek. At the end of the level packed sand trail there is a little wooden observation deck built above the marshy edges of the bay overlooking Morrow Rock (an ancient volcanic granite cone) at the other end of the bay. There are built in bench seats and an observation rail at a perfect height to rest your elbows for binocular support while you bird watch. Rafts of sea birds float on the bay and shorebirds feed among the marsh reeds. The observation deck is a lovely place to eat a sack lunch (carry out your trash please) or have a chat with friends. The trail is less than a mile long and it is amazing how much nature shows you along this small walk. Normally you need to walk for a long ways to find the peace and wildlife variety you will see here.
Written July 10, 2017
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Erlinda2g
Bakersfield, California52 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Great little preserve . Easy walk but look out for the poison oak. Really enjoyed the environment and seeing deer close and birds on the shore
Written March 22, 2017
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Gene H
Los Osos, CA239 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
This place is so beautiful we have a painting in our home of the view from Sweet Springs of Morro Rock. Many birds, various animals including deer on occasion. Just getting the sense the incredible diversity of the area as you walk the trails in the preserve. If you get off the dedicated trails you will encounter poison oak which is prevalent in the area. This is especially a nice spot for sunrise or sunset.
Written April 15, 2014
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BearFoy
CA5 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a very easy walk with great bay views from the south end (Los Osos side) that one may never see if always staying in more popular Morro Bay town.
This is one hike that must be taken slowly or at least stop for several minutes at picturesque viewing areas. There are lots of different birds that are always changing.
It is very quiet here, save for the bird calls.
Lots to see. And free.
Written December 26, 2013
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RoadTravelers77-now
Los Osos, CA16 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Loved the serenity, bird life and safe path for all ages to explore the lagoon. Little areas with benches to sit a while and enjoy the view of the bay. Wildlife can surprise you if you look closely.
Written July 2, 2019
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JoAnne H
Port Townsend, WA399 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
I always appreciate the efforts of local people to save a little piece of nature in a community. This was so lovely. Two viewing platforms for birdwatching, a mother rolling her baby carriage, the many benches commemorating the donors who saved this little acreage, the beautiful trees overhanging a tidal? pond. The Preserve is obviously well loved and well kept. I applaud its caretakers. So convenient to the hotels on the south bay. Thank you.
Written March 22, 2019
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roberrtoB
Los Osos, CA5 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
a lovely peaceful place to watch birds and sea life. No dogs allowed. No crocodiles or boa constrictors in the park area. Lousy lobster catching. Beware of everpresent retirees and people from Alabama.
Written February 12, 2019
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Z7011UDmichaelp
United States137 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
This preserve has expanded with more trails and a wonderful bird watching blind on the water. This is NOT a playground for little kids although they certainly can learn from the visit. Dogs are prohibited and while that may seem unfriendly, this is a nature preserve, not a dog park. A careful eye might spot resident deer and ducks. Another reason to keep Fido at home.

Only downside, non-native Eucalyptus have crowded out native plants, fortunately they are slowly dying out and not re-seeding themselves.
Written August 5, 2018
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Sally J
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States94 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
This is a small and quite place to take a walk. We spent 1 hour walking and viewing. We did not see many birds (just ducks). But it is a sweet place for a short walk. Not the highlight of our trip, but certainly this is an important environmental area as it is a migration area. I guess in June there is less migration. If you are interested in a place where millions of birds pass through, you got to know your migration calendar.
Written June 5, 2018
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SLOJon
San Luis Obispo, CA839 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
What a lovely discovery! This small reserve (about 30 acres) is an island of peace and quiet and the home to more types of birds than I could count. I was there for a little over an hour and saw at least two dozen different types, particularly from the two observation platforms overlooking the bay and the wetlands. There are a couple of ponds fed by natural freshwater springs and surrounded by magnificent eucalyptus trees. Migrating monarch butterflies reportedly can be seen here during the winter, though I didn't see any on this first visit.

This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a leisurely stroll in nature, or to sit and relax on one of the many benches available along the trails. It's a great family spot for young and old. There are some new trails that are wheelchair and stroller accessible, while some of the older trails are not well suited for wheelchairs.

Note, there is a fair amount of poison oak off of the trails, some of which is marked but much of which is not. Be careful, especially with young children. No pets are allowed in the reserve because of the presence of so much bird life.
Written January 18, 2018
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