MacKerricher State Park

PARK: MacKerricher State Park
LOCATION: The park is three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, near the town of Cleone. The park encompasses much of the land west of Cleone and a strip of beach between Fort Bragg and Ten Mile River.
SIZE: 2,299 acres of which 454 offshore acres are designated as underwater park.
NATURAL SETTING: MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals live on the rocks off the park’s Mendocino coast. The southern portion of the park is a wide terrace of coastal prairie terminating at the ocean in steep, low, rocky bluffs, with a scattering of picturesque sandy beach. The most noticeable features of the central section of the park are Bishop and Shore Pine forests which frame Lake Cleone, a 30 acre ancient coastal lagoon and where you have the chance to view more than 90 species of birds. The north portion of MacKerricher State Park is four miles of uninterrupted beach backed by a large complex of sand dunes.
AMENITIES: Overnight camping facilities at MacKerricher State Park include 140 developed family campsites, ten walk-in campsites and a hiker-bicyclist camp area. These areas are served by combination restroom/shower buildings. Cleone Lake is planted with trout during the summer and is a popular fishing spot with plenty of picnic sites to throw your catch on the BBQ right from the water.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Coastal Access Trail, also known as the Haul Road, runs the length of the park following the route of the steam railroad that transported massive redwood logs to be milled in Fort Bragg. Now the trail serves as a popular place for hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. Pudding Creek, Virgin Creek, Laguna Point and six miles of sandy beach offer a variety of surf.
WHAT MAKES IT GREAT: The region’s history is apparent all over this park with the prominent Pudding Creek trestle bridge at the south end as an impressive reminder of the area’s lumbering history. This history in combination with some of the largest coastal dunes in California create a unique opportunity to experience natural and cultural history in one great coastal park.
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