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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
+1 707-937-6122
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Perfect walking trails

Beautiful trails, fun light house, dog friendly tails, easy to walk to and from car, beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Long walk but worth it!!

1/2 mile walk from parking lot to lighthouse, which was okay with us, but probably not too many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Donald H
Reno, Nevada, United States
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OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909, and extensively restored, it is one of the most complete Lightstations in the U.S. and hosts visitors, vacation rentals, receptions and weddings, plus education programs for classes of local students. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse with its public restroom. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. There is parking for vehicles with Disabled placards at the bottom of the hill. There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. The Light Station includes the Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens. -- Three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first is a period museum of a lightkeeper's house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes, -- The restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium, -- Two lovely vacation rental cottages, and public restrooms, one by the lightkeepers houses and another in the Kearn farmhouse. THERE IS NO FEE to tour the Lighthouse museum/giftshop or the period museum lightkeeper's house, although your donations are welcome. The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round, including holidays. The State Historic Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
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45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
+1 707-937-6122
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful trails, fun light house, dog friendly tails, easy to walk to and from car, beautiful ocean views

Thank Ediver
Reviewed 1 week ago

1/2 mile walk from parking lot to lighthouse, which was okay with us, but probably not too many older persons. There is handicapped access closer to the lighthouse. Beautiful views. Worth stopping to see!

Thank Donald H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice light house with paths along the coast. Nothing special, but enjoyed the walking paths which had great views.

Thank kevin s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although you can't actually tour the lighthouse itself, it's incredibly photo-worthy and a lovely half-mile walk. In addition, you can tour one of the original lighthouse keeper's homes and a small ocean museum. Lots of lovely places to walk and explore minus the in-town crowds....More

Thank RealCABlonde
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was so cool to visit, at sunset the light house was just beautiful.I have a picture that I will enlarge and display in my home.

Thank sox10str
Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting is really good. the lighthouse and keepers houses are really quaint and welcoming. In addition we had close up views of turkey vultures that flew above and landed on fencing nearby, fascinating wide winged birds. Nice walk and trees from the car park...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in one of the converted carriage house rooms (East). Great price for an amazing location. The room is spacious, has a partial view and is just a short walk to the bluff. Being in the park after house was wonderful. The lighthouse is...More

Thank Book8441
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of hours enjoying the lighthouse and the grounds. The light keeper's home is nicely maintained and offers a glimpse of life on this beautiful coast from more than 100 years ago. We enjoyed walking the trails, the beautiful views and watching...More

Thank ContrastQueen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lighthouse was used to guide logging boats along the shore, rather than making landfall from the sea. It is the original lens. Lighthouse Laurie (volunteer) was full of knowledge and helpful. Note that there is a 1/4 mile walk from parking to the lighthouse.

Thank AtlantaRocket
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The aquarium containing samples from tidepools is interesting. The lighthousekeeper's house was an exhibit of how life was years gone by. Nice giftshop.

Thank Irene S
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February 28, 2017|
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Response from Manuel L | Reviewed this property |
It's a long walk but worth it. If one is physically unable to and with a disable placard, I would drive it all the way to the lighthouse parking. Whether there is space or not, the fact is one is legally disable, I'd find a... More
August 12, 2016|
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Response from Lrksprldy | Reviewed this property |
I see the question has been answered. A little more info, there are several trails leading to and from the lighthouse, but ticks are a real problem. Recommend staying on the main road, especially if you have dogs with you... More
Jennifer H
August 4, 2015|
Response from PCLK-Association | Property representative |
Yes, pets are welcome on a leash on the grounds, inside the lighthouse, and with overnight guests in the West Cottage.