Best trails in New Brighton State Beach

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Explore the most popular trails in New Brighton State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description
New Brighton, once known as China Beach or China Cove, was the site of a Chinese fishing village during the 1870s and 1880s. The village inhabitants proved invaluable in the building of the California railroad, and provided Santa Cruz with fish, produce, laundries, chefs and servants. However, commercial fishing slowed after dragnet fishing was outlawed in 1915. New Brighton became a state beach in 1933. The beach is located four miles south of Santa Cruz and in the town of Capitola. Picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking and swimming are favorite family activities at New Brighton State Beach. The park is open from 8am until sunset. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
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Map of trails in New Brighton State Beach
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
831-464-6330
Top trails (3)
#1 - New Brighton Beach Trail
New Brighton State Beach
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
A road-cycling route along the Pacific shoreline. Don't forget your sunscreenShow more
#2 - Sunset Trail
New Brighton State Beach
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
Sunset Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aptos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#3 - Oak Trail
New Brighton State Beach
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 9 m
Oak Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Capitola, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more