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“Unique place”

Elfin Forest Preserve
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Los Osos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This bayfront open space has it all--views, interesting topography, strange plants and no crowds!

Walking it is easy--gently sloping boardwalks, several benches. Sea breeze and 66 degrees F are the norm.

Several entrances with some parking at each. This was an effort of love by a group of locals who raised money for it about 30 years ago. Well worth seeing!

Thank harold b
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

One of the great nature walks in Los Osos. The 16th St. access is good for "rolling" hikers who might want to take a right at the top of the hill to minimize the steep ascent as you make the guided loop tour. Fabulous views of sand spit and Morro Bay as well as the volcanic peaks. The boardwalk takes you through the coastal habitat with a few exceptional view spots. Self-guided tour map identifies flora and there are several very informative panels with information on the original inhabitants, the Chumash. Takes less than an hour and takes you away from civilization quickly.

1  Thank Pat G
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

After coming from Mon del Oro State Park, this was a let down. However, it was cute and on a boardwalk. The forest is more like bushes, short branches and poison oak! I think I just didn't like running into people every few feet and feeling in people's conversations.

I think on a nice, peaceful day it would be a beautiful stroll.

Thank la310la
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The walk is magnificent mostly on a boardwalk through a pygmy forest overlooking the estuary of Morro Bay with wildlife everywhere. The closest lodging is walking distance at the Back Bay Inn located right on the water of Morro Bay (also wonderful). The walk is a must. As is the bluff walk at Montana De Oro (five miles away) overlooking the magnificent limestone coves along the beach of the Pacific Ocean

Thank realtorbill
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The 4/5 boardwalk loop that meanders throughout the entire Elfin Forest makes this botanical treasure accessible for just about anyone of any age. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy incredible views of Morro Bay and the Rock on one side, and the hills of San Luis Obispo on the other.

While you can access the Forest from several of the streets, I believe to get to the boardwalk (which just makes it so much easier), you need to enter at 16th street -- at that point, the boardwalk comes all the way out to the parking lot, which would be a big plus for anyone using a wheelchair or walker.

1  Thank HendixMom12
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