You can ebook the
Noyo Harbor Inn right here, and make certain to make a reservation at the restaurant if you do!
Easily Fort Bragg’s most well-known function, the glass seaside really used to be a dump.
Over time, the waves eroded the glass that had been dumped on the seaside, ensuing in a complete seaside with little items of sea glass as its sand.
I used to be dissatisfied once I visited in 2019, discovering that there was little to no sea glass left. People had collected it to take it dwelling, which had brought about it to lose a lot of its attractions.
But having simply visited in 2021, for no matter motive, the extra glass will need to have washed up and at a golden hour or sundown, in explicit, it actually glows.
But even when you don’t get fortunate like we did and see the glass, you’ve got an excellent likelihood of seeing seals, and you should have gorgeous sundown overlooking the rocks as nicely. So mainly, you may lose!
Skunk Train and Rail Bikes
What in the world is a skunk prepare? And what in the world is a railbike?
The skunk preparation used to be the connector for the varied cities alongside the Mendocino Coast. It acquired its title for the horrible scent that the combination of fuels used to emit again in the day.
Nowadays you may ebook a ticket to journey the skunk prepare into the Redwoods — don’t fear, it doesn’t scent like a skunk anymore — or you may go for the rail bikes, which is what we did.
The bikes additionally go alongside an outdated railroad observe, with two seats for every bike. You’ll have a hand brake and entry to an electrical bicycle to assist energy the bike. The journey is just about 20 minutes of peddling, and you then will come to a Redwood forest which you could hike by. It’s an easy hike at solely a mile, however offers you a glimpse of the tallest dwelling organisms on earth.
Both experiences take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and are each underneath $50! You can ebook the
bike right here and prepare right here. Jug Handle State Park
What I simply liked about a lot of the state parks in Fort Bragg is that they had been free, which isn’t a lot the case for those nearer to Mendocino.
We went there searching for tide swimming pools, however, we acquired was a gorgeous stroll alongside bluffs over the ocean, and naturally, the pygmy forest!
What is a pygmy forest? Take a glance:
It’s a bizarre, wonderful stroll by gnarled cypress and pine bushes which are twisted in unusual and superb methods. It’s a small space that’s so enjoyable to climb in and discover. From the car parking zone, the path will naturally take you that course to the proper in your manner down to the seaside.
As for the tide swimming pools, they had been simply all proper, however all the totally different vegetation rising on the rocks down there have been actually cool to take a look at, together with the peaceable ambiance.
10-Mile Beach Dunes
10-mile seaside, which is definitely not a complete 10 miles lengthy, has a southern, center, and high entry-level the place you may go and discover the sand dunes.
Though you won’t be impressed you probably have checked out the
Kelso dunes in Mojave, the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley, or dunes overseas, it nonetheless is cool to see one thing totally different in Fort Bragg.
These are straightforward to entry, was only a quick stroll from any of the parking locations you would possibly choose. Access can be free!
MacKerricher State Park
You are perhaps noticing a state park theme right here, as there are many all of them alongside the coast in Fort Bragg, however every one has one thing distinctive to uncover and everyone is value exploring!
That brings me to MacKerricher State Park, Which has free day entry and paid in a single day tenting choices.
I liked strolling alongside the seaside there, trying on the clam and abalone shells, and saying (an appropriately distanced) good day to the seals who had been out on the rocks.
This can be a fantastic place to take a bicycle, with many paved paths which you could take both on foot or bike all alongside the shoreline.
Noyo Headlands State Park
A former Native American reservation that operated extra like a slave colony, the Noyo Headlands have a darkish historical past, however, the views are undeniably stunning.
This is one other good spot to take a bicycle, as there are paved, huge bike paths.
Or you may merely stroll and benefit from the excellent positioning for sundown, or in my case, an early morning stroll. The views simply carry on serving again and again! There are additionally a number of interpretive indicators that assist inform the historical past.
Looking for some recent and reasonably priced fish and chips in an in any other case very costly space for eating places?
The Noyo Harbor has a number of spots the place you will get some clam chowder or different low-cost seafood. This additionally appears like a really native space, the place you’re hanging out with the individuals who dwell there and get an opportunity to get take a look at the fishing ships as they arrive in and exit as nicely. You’re certain to see some seals in the water, too!
Some different honorable mentions are the Sea glass museum, which I admit I’ve by no means checked out, nor do I notably plan to. But if you’re tremendous into the ocean glass, you would possibly take pleasure in figuring out that it exists!
There’s additionally a lot to see in the encompassing areas, together with the city of Mendocino and the state parks close to there. You can examine
my favorite issues to do in Mendocino right here.
Interested in wine and extra Redwoods? You can even drive down Highway 128 to see extra. If you’re coming from the Bay Area, you’ll most likely take this highway into the coast.
Whether you like extra outdoorsy expertise or simply need to sit on the seaside and benefit from the sunsets, I believe you’ll discover Fort Bragg a fuss-free, salt-of-the-earth kind of place value exploring.