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“Jewel of the Coast”

MacKerricher State Park
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
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Owner description: MacKerricher is a great place to observe whales, and it also provides a habitat for several rare plant species.
Fort Bragg, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Jewel of the Coast”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

It's magical. The boardwalk is easily accessible for strolling on feet or wheelchair. Great view of the ocean, the whales and the local sea lion population. Inland, the lake is also beautiful and thought he boardwalk on that side is not as fancy, it's another flavor of coastal living.

Visited December 2012
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Oroville, California
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100 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Love the Ocean!”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

So popular, you must make reservations far in advance. Lots of sites; some just for tents. Great for families. Lots to see and do--hiking, bike riding, walking the beach. Day use is free, so if you stay in Fort Bragg area in motels, be sure to come often and long to the Park. Down side, and no one to blame, ocean has taken over the old haul road, so access to the large parking area and upper campground is sometimes limited, especially in winter. Suspect that at some point, major road re-routing will need to be done. Love this place. There is a boardwalk around the cliff area so very easy for disabled folks to experience the"walk" with nature and enjoy the ocean. We go there 4 or 5 times a year.

Visited November 2012
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Bolton England
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104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Really good day out”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We visited MacKerricher and we were not disappointed. We saw seals on the beach and a deer in the park who eating lunch. He kept watching us so we did not frighten him.

Visited October 2012
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Tracy, California
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Limited Exploring Space”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

It appears that the park is trying to limit foot traffic damage so there is a raised wooden walkway that guides you through the park. There is very limited shoreline access. The best part is the view of the ocean from the various 'lookout' points that have been built. I believe the park is seven miles (?) of coast but it appears that visitors are limited to the very small walkway area.

Visited November 2012
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Fairfield, California
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great beach”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

MacKerricher made us wish we still have our RV. Camping there was always so much fun. The beach is so easy to access and the boardwalk to the headlands was great.

Visited November 2012
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