Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve features ancient sand dunes covered with centuries-old coast live oak trees. According to botanists, five major plant communities thrive within the reserve. They are coastal sage scrub, central coastal scrub, dune oak scrub, coast live oak forest, and riparian (streamside). The oak communities exist close to each other, but each has its own character. The oak scrub has dwarf oak trees growing on the ancient (relict) sand dune. Though they are coast live oak trees, they rarely grow more than six to eight feet tall. The larger coast live oaks are located where the soil is moister. These giants can grow to 25 feet in height. Their massive trunks and gnarled branches twist into all sorts of fantastic shapes
This is a beautiful park trail with gorgeous old oak trees. Not sure what's the issue with the two negative reviews below. The trails are clear and on parts sand because of the terrain. It's well worth a short stay to admire the old growth. There's rarely anyone here, which makes it a wonderful place to recharge.
Susan S. on Oak Trail
Could be a nice area but it needs TLC. Trails are unclear and overgrown. This area I would probably be better suited if the central area was cleared, maybe some picnic tables put in.
This is a nice stroll through the woods but i felt more like a kid playing in a wooded park. The trail is badly marked and in need of lots of love and care. The oak's are awesome when ou first enter to see them all twisted etc but there's not need to go deeper as there isn't much more to see. keep your expectations low and go here when you just need to get out.