MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tide pools are along the shore. Seals may be seen on the rocks off the park's coastline. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal tidal lagoon. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching. The park is popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. Fishing is also popular at Cleone lake. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail. Three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, the park extends approximately nine miles along the coast. The shoreline of its south half consists of rocky headlands separated by sandy beaches and coves. Miles of gently sloping beach lie in the northern half. The entrance road leading to the Laguna Point boardwalk passes three campgrounds and Lake Cleone. The picturesque overpass near Lake Cleone once carried steam engine trains to the former Union Lumber Company mill in Fort Bragg. Today, walkers, joggers and bicyclists use the coastal trail - or haul road, as it is historically called. The haul road used to extend from Fort Bragg to the Ten Mile River watershed. Thirty-acre Lake Cleone was once a brackish water marsh that received a high-tide dose of salt water. However, construction of the haul road blocked off the seawater, creating the present trout-stocked, freshwater lake. Motorized boats are not allowed.

Camped at Surfwood, so started the trail from the Main Beach day use parking area across the street from the campgrounds. I took the boardwalk to the point. On the return walk from the point, when the boardwalk starts to loop back around, there are trails that lead from the boardwalk. You have to hop down from the boardwalk; the trails aren’t marked with signage. I took one of them, and it was awesome for about a mile. It was a foggy, misty morning, but was still beautiful. Saw a Plover and pretty, bright red coastal succulents. After about a mile though, the trail hits a waterway and is overgrown, but detours to actual old haul road. A lot of cyclists and more people. It was early still, so I’m sure that road gets a lot more traffic later in the day. I was hoping for a longer trail along the coast. Still was a lovely and easy walk.

This is an amazing place. I would recommend going off trail, because there are tons of dunes a bit inland to explore

walking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Had a great walk along the shore picking up plastic debris, amazing the stuff that washes up and very sad to think of the stuff that does not!

road biking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Biked from Glass Beach to MacKerricker part. Beautiful.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Best ride we had on vacation! We road bikes from one end to the other and made a detour after glass beach for Hamburgers from Jennies Giant Hamburgers. Then an easy ride back to the start. Awesome views, wide, well done path.

walking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

along the shore, what could not be more beautiful, relaxing, perfect vacation! we have done every bit of this trail many times many years and keep coming back! going from camp to the quiet beaches north to the Ten Mile River, recorded 9.6 miles out and back along the sandy shore seeing very few people! head south from camp through the cliffs and haul road all the way to glass beach and or town,approx 7miles out and back is beautiful with quite a few people but very worth it! we jog, walk, walk the dog (although no dogs aloud on ten mile dune )hike, bike, etc!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

best spot ever

road biking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

This trail is well-used by hikers, although it is mostly paved and could be great for cyclists if it were better maintained and improved near the lagoon on the northern end of the trail. This trail is a scenic alternate for the Pacific Coast Bike Route, which traverses the length of the California coast.

birding
Monday, December 10, 2012

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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This is a hidden gem, seals everywhere and a boardwalk, yes a bordwalk. But no fries or games or selling of crap, just wood and the ocean and some seals, and hopefully you

walking
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beautiful day on the beach with my good friend. Then the next day had to show my hubby what I had discovered. Walked only about 2 miles out and back but saw seals, birds, and collected sand dollars from the sand. It was absolutely beautiful.

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mountain biking
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mountain biking
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