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Destination:
Half Moon Bay,
California

Parks

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Año Nuevo

Purisima Creek Redwoods

Sam McDonald

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Butano State Park
Features a rich diversity of wildlife and plantlife. Attracts mushroom photographers, newt enthusiasts, and orchid fanciers. Plant communities include coastal grassland, alder and oak woodlands, Douglas fir/redwood, vernal wetland, and desert-like chaparral.
Sam McDonald Park
850 acres located approximately 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Road. One half is principally a lush second-growth redwood forest, while the remaining portion is primarily open ridge with grassy knolls and patchy brush areas. Several miles of hiking trials, limited number of picnic facilities, and group hike-in campsites available. (650) 363-4021 for reservations for all youth and horse group overnights.
Huddart County Park
The forested slopes and steep, cool canyons and several different plant communities offer a varied habitat for diverse wildlife. Plant communities include chaparral, redwood forest, evergreen forest, and foothill woodland. Offers picnic sites, nature trail, hiking and riding trails, and a playground. Reservations required for sheltered picnic areas. (650) 363-4021.
Pescadero Creek County Park
Facilities include campgrounds; horse camp; trail camps; picnic areas; interpretive center; hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and self-guided nature trails; and a camp store.
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The centerpiece of this 2,633-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. 21 miles of developed trails and historical logging roads provide opportunities for easy walks, strenuous hikes, biking, or horseback riding.
Montara Mountain
Trails for hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists vary from easy to strenuous. All are rewarded with panoramic ocean views and abundant wildflowers in the spring. Open 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Also: Año Nuevo, Sam McDonald, McNee State Park, Portola State Park, Memorial Park, and Heritage Grove.

Introduction ... Directions ... Lodging ... Restaurants ... Recreation ... Events/Activities
Weddings ... Nurseries/Wineries ... Half Moon Bay/ Pescadero/ Princeton
Museums/Galleries ... Año Nuevo ... Purisima Creek Redwoods
Sam McDonald ... Beaches ... Lighthouses ... History

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