Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dana Point, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

0.9 miles
137 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

The City of Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center is a destination where the public can discover the rich history of the Dana Point Headlands and learn the natural history of this iconic area. Interpretive panels inside the facility tell the story of how the Dana Point headlands and shoreline have borne witness to change in both ancient and recent times. The panels explain the geological formation, and help the visitor understand the valuable plants and animals found in the area, in addition show how recent restoration and outreach aim to conserve these resources for future generations. The history of the Headlands and the City of Dana Point is brought to life with original paintings and historic photographs provided by the Dana Point Historical Society. Historic artifacts are also displayed in the Center to aid the public in understanding the evolving story of the Headlands and to help identify the flora and fauna that make the area unique. Aerial and topographic representations of the new parks and headlands amenities help orient the public and guide exploration of the area on the adjacent nature trails.

2 months ago

Great fun with our 5yr old! Beautiful views!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful and easy

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Very pleasant hike along sandy trails through coastal brush. We did this hike as part of the longer Dana Point Headlands Trail. Beautiful views when we did the hike in the morning. We do it again another day closer to sunset. Should be outstanding.

5 months ago

10 months ago

Sunday, May 28, 2017