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California Coastal Trail

Gaviota Coast: SoCal's Celebrated Rural Shoreline

The Gaviota Coast features one of the most coveted shorelines in the state. It is Southern California's largest stretch of undeveloped coastline, containing approximately 50 percent of its remaining rural shores. Located in Santa Barbara County, this 76-mile swath of pristine beaches and idyllic landscapes passes through National Forest lands and five state and county parks. Recreational opportunities abound on the Gaviota Coast, which is why the California Coastal Trail plays such an integral role in the region's future. "The California Coastal Trail has been a complete success as a planning tool to increase coastal access," remarks environmental advocate and author John McKinney.

With plans to expand the trail, it is hoped that the Gaviota Coast will become more accessible to the public, contributing to a greater experience of this tranquil strand.

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Crescent City Harbor Trail
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6:28
California Coastal Trail

Crescent City Harbor Trail

Del Norte County is home to the cleanest river in the continental U.S., the Smith River.
Season 1 Episode 44
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
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5:26
California Coastal Trail

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park hosts sea-side bluffs above ancient redwoods.
Season 1 Episode 43
Connecting Communities on the Humboldt Bay Trail
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6:03
California Coastal Trail

Connecting Communities on the Humboldt Bay Trail

The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of trails that will connect Humboldt's largest cities.
Season 1 Episode 42
Haul Road: MacKerricher State Park
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5:59
California Coastal Trail

Haul Road: MacKerricher State Park

The Fort Bragg Coastal Trail sees as many as 12,000 people per day on holiday weekends.
Season 1 Episode 41
Restoring Coastal Access at Noyo Headlands Park
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6:48
California Coastal Trail

Restoring Coastal Access at Noyo Headlands Park

In Fort Bragg, California, an industrial mill site closed off the coastline for 150 years.
Season 1 Episode 40
Pelican Bluffs and The Art of Trail Design
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6:55
California Coastal Trail

Pelican Bluffs and The Art of Trail Design

The Mendocino Land Trust has just completed the two-mile Pelican Bluffs Trail.
Season 1 Episode 39
The Sea Ranch: An Environmentally-Planned Community
Episode
7:58
California Coastal Trail

The Sea Ranch: An Environmentally-Planned Community

The Sea Ranch is an environmentally-planned private community along the Sonoma Coast.
Season 1 Episode 38