Virgin Creek is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Bragg, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Approximately 1.5 miles north of Pudding Creek (the north boundary of Fort Bragg) there is a wide pull off on the right hand shoulder of Highway 1. Take care crossing highway 1 to the west side of the highway where there is a gap in the fence. This is the trail head.
The Virgin Creek trail is part of MacKerricker State Park and leads from Highway 1 west to the Pacific Ocean after crossing over the old logging haul road that runs parallel to highway 1.
The trail is maybe 1 mile at the most round trip. It leads across an open field to the sand and bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. The Virgin Creek outlet is a popular area for birding and is one of the few areas where the western snowy plover can be seen. Sea Lions and harbor seals can often be seen from these bluffs as well or just take a walk along the beach or the haul road.
Honestly, it is more of an ocean access corridor than a trail.