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“Quiet campground, lots of nature!”

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.
Forest Grove, Oregon
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Quiet campground, lots of nature!”
Reviewed June 6, 2009

We've stayed at this campground twice, in sites 122 and 109. Site 122 is great, right by the lake with a lot of birds nearby and you can still hear the ocean.
This campground has it all- tidepools, beach, boardwalk through the wetlands... we'll definitely be back.

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Colfax, California
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“North Coast's Best”
Reviewed March 4, 2009

I have been coming to MacKerricher since childhood. It holds numerous treasured memories, yet always provides tremendous new ones.

The campground offers diverse accommodations, from shady and private, to sunny and wide open, along the sand dunes, a stone's throw from the pond, or with an eye on the surf, and always within earshot of the pounding waves. Hot showers are available, and all the sites are close to a bathroom. They each include fire pits, picnic tables and food lockers.

The resident animals include squirrels, skunks, deer and raccoons, and be sure to lock up your ice chest, because the latter will invade and plunder during the night.

A trail leads to the bluffs, where you'll find great sea lion viewing. The sandy beaches run for miles in one direction, while tide pools spring up in the other. A leisurely trail loops around Lake Cleone, which is really more of a pond, and ocean and freshwater fishing opportunities abound. There is also a small nature center, with limited hours.

In summer, the park is almost always full, and reservations become a must, but go in late spring, early fall, or really any other time, and avoid the crowds.

It all happens just minutes north of Fort Bragg. Don't miss it!

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Sacramento, CA
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“Great Family Activity”
Reviewed August 1, 2008

Our girls love to walk out on to the viewing deck and watch the sea lions. Beautiful scenery!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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“A great place”
Reviewed February 25, 2008

My husband and I visited MacKerricher for the first time this February on a trip along the coast. We absolutely loved it! We did not camp there, so I can't speak to that, but we visited for several hours and had a great time.

First we stopped at a little parking lot by a lake, which was pretty and a good spot for a picnic if we were ever to go back - it had a few tables right next to the water's edge and a lovely view. Then we walked across the street to the beach, which is not that exciting, but still interesting and very deserted. It was so windy and cold that we couldn't enjoy it as much as I'm sure we would have if it had been warmer or less windy. :)

After that, we walked to the right along a pathway that took us to another type of beach, with lots of rocks, and spotted many seals lounging on the rocks off in the water. The huge waves were crashing on the rocks and spraying feet into the air, which was also fun to watch.

Then we drove up to the left, to an overlook area which gives a great view all across the beaches and the park. From there, there is a boardwalk (yes, wheelchair accessible!) along the cliffs overlooking the water, with some signs about the area and the history of the indians who used to live there. This boardwalk also takes you to the spots where you can clamber down to the tide pools to look around.

This was our favorite part. We saw innumerable starfish, many of them larger than my hand, in every crevice, every pool. I had never seen so many in my life! We also saw sea urchins (one red one was actually moving along), anemones, huge shells, crabs, snails, and much more. We spent a long time here, and would have stayed longer except that it was very cold and windy.

My only caution for parents would be that the rocks can be very slippery, covered with wet kelp, etc, so be careful with kids. Wearing shoes with good grip is a good idea - mine had no grip at all, and I felt very precarious at times. However, it was totally worth it, and we would visit again in a second!

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St. Paul, MN
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“wonderful tidepools”
Reviewed June 14, 2004

We visited this park one evening in early May. The beach is not the greatest one but the tidepools fascinated us for 2 hours and we only left because it was getting too cold. There is alot to look at and will totally captivate you. We were able to watch the seals on the rocks and were even lucky enough to catch sight of a couple of whales who were stragglers late in the season. The sunset that night was wonderful. A very nice place to visit.

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