Neary Lagoon is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length0.7 miElevation gain6 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=59): This peaceful freshwater marsh lies within a 44-acre park tucked between a wastewater treatment plant and a residential neighborhood in the city of Santa Cruz. The 14-acre marsh includes a lagoon, which you can cross on a floating boardwalk, while enjoying close-up views of mallard and wood ducks, grebes, coots, and other birds. The boardwalk is part of a loop trail, used by both walkers and cyclists traveling between downtown and the west side of town. Picnic tables, a small amphitheater, and a basketball court are at the Chestnut Street entrance; a narrow grassy area, an accessible playground, and tennis courts are at the California Street entrance. Interpretive signs along the trail tell about creatures that inhabit the marsh and lagoon, local flora, and the native Ohlone people. This marsh is a remnant of a wetland that once extended over 75 acres. Twice a year, goats and sheep are brought in to eat the invasive grasses. ACCESSIBILITY: There is designated handicapped-accessible parking at the foot of Chestnut Street and near the corner of Bay and California Streets that is firm and has a cross slope of 2% or less. A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is in the parking lot at Bay and California Streets. Accessible picnic tables with firm and stable paths and surfaces and at least 27 inches of knee clearance are at the Chestnut Street and Bay Street/California Street entrances. A 50-foot hardened path leads to a shady spot with a map and interpretive panels. The loop trail begins here and is a mix of dirt and boardwalk, and typically at least four feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (1% or less). Take the boardwalk to the right, then go left at the junction to quickly reach a secluded section where the floating boardwalk passes through a marsh with tules and cattails. If you don't turn at the junction, you will pass a native meadow with purple needlegrass, meadow barley, and poppies (none were visible in late September). The trail ends in about 50 feet, at Blackburn Street. Alternatively, at the start of the loop trail, you can follow the hardened path to the left, past a viewing deck—look between the 48 inch high railings for turtles—the water treatment plant, and a narrow grassy area before you come to the floating boardwalk. The boardwalk is bumpy in places, and where it floats some people may experience motion sickness.

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Eduardo Santana
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Stuart Easson
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Molly Adams
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Bird watching

Cute trail, smell isn’t great but to be expected since it’s right next to the water treatment facility... they do a great job of hiding that. Lagoon is really picturesque for an afternoon jog or easy walk!

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Jassmyn Lopez
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i liked the birds but the fish were scary

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Alexandra Siri
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Ab Wil
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Sarah McGeorge
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Mark Brunn
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David M. Cotter
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Laura Jannuzzi
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