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Mendocino Headlands State Park

Location: Mendocino County, California

MENDOCINIO HEADLANDS STATE PARK BEACH: This grass-covered headlands Park and beach is close to charming downtown Mendocino. The Park has access from the mouth of the Big River which is south of town. An oasis filled with trails and is popular with hikers and joggers alike. Mendocino Headlands is a great place for whale watching during the winter and a wonderful place to enjoy a variety of wildlife. The Park is distinctive with its blend of trails, rugged coastline, isolated beaches and history surrounding the town of Mendocino. There are literally 3 miles of moderate hiking trails that wind along the cliffs with spectacular vistas, to include boulder arches and hidden away caves.

*Note: This is a day camp only. There are no camping facilities.

MENDOCINO BEACH CLIMATE: As with any town on the Northern California coast, the weather can vary and layered clothing is highly recommended.


Hiking Trails
Wildlife viewing
Scuba Diving
Vista points
Visitor Center
Whale watching (winter months only)

*NOTE: Mendocino Highlands is a day park only, so other arrangements must be made for overnight stays.

LOCAL FLAVOR: The town of Mendocino is filled with wonderful galleries, shops and quaint bed and breakfast inns or redwood cabins to choose from. From its beautiful beaches and quaint coastal towns, to its growing inland communities, beautiful Mendocino wineries and lush redwood forests, it is a unique experience in California travel. Discover exceptional and interesting shops, fine restaurants or down home cafes, forest retreats or ocean view rooms. Check out the Mendocino art scene or plan your Mendocino wedding, as it is a popular place for young lovers, or plan your trip around the Whale Festival. Wine tasting is another popular pass time in Mendocino.


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