This is the perfect time of year for this trail and the butterflies are here, so go if you can! The staff is generally very friendly and helpful. Me and a couple of friends were just staring up at the butterfly hives when the lead docent came over donned in a huge hat and a butterfly-imprinted ascot and just started talking about butterfly behavior. And how sometimes the male butterflies drag female butterflies down to the ground and have sex with them in a way that can only be described as rape. Well, uh, yeah.... Anyways, the butterfly grove is best viewed during the day, but walking out to the beach is best during sunset, the trees along the beachfront look really cool in sunset silhouette.
Cyndie C. on Monarch Butterfly Grove and Meadow Creek Trail
Great running trail. Flat, peaceful, other runners.
Nice spot for dogs and butterfly viewing. Go when it's sunny because that's when the monarchs are more active. Between the grove and the beach is a state run campground with flush toilets. Dogs can enjoy the beach on leash and there is plenty of bird watching for both species.
Raymond G. on Monarch Butterfly Grove and Meadow Creek Trail
Bring a set of binoculars to really enjoy this adventure. The butterflies are hard to see, even when they are right above you. At a glance, they just look like leaves of the trees, but with a closer look through binoculars, you can see bunches of butterflies clinging to each other. When they open their wings, then, the true color of the butterfly can be seen. However, when hanging from the trees, their wings are folded close, and they are a very dull brownish color and hard to see.