The North Coast Sights

Manchester State Park

  • 44500 Kinney La. Map It
  • Manchester
  • Beach–Sight

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

Before slipping into the sea, the northernmost segment of the San Andreas Fault cuts through this park beloved by locals for its 5 miles of sandy, usually empty shoreline and trails that wind through dunes and wetlands. Hiking, bird-watching, and beach strolling are the popular activities here. There's steelhead fishing at Brush and Alder creeks; beautiful coastal wildflowers bloom in early spring. Tundra swans overwinter in this area, and migrating whales are often spotted close to shore. Swimming and water sports are too dangerous because of the strong undertow. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Amenities: parking (free). Best for: solitude; sunset; walking.

Sight Information


Park entrance, 44500 Kinney La., off Hwy. 1, ½ mile north of Manchester, Manchester, California, 95459, United States

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  • Call park for hrs; it's sometimes closed because of budget cuts

Published 11/12/2015


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