A geologist and/or naturalist’s playground, Montaña de Oro is defined by its rugged cliffs, tucked-away sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, with spectacular scenery produced through millions of years of volcanic activity, plate tectonics and erosion.
Montaña de Oro is perfect for backpackers seeking solitude along quiet trails. Other trails include those for mountain biking and horseback riding.
Spooner’s Cove, a beloved Montaña de Oro beach, is ideal for get-togethers, families, or sunbathing, with a seasonal stream flowing to the ocean, as well as restrooms, picnic facilities and parking.
Morro Bay Estuary
Kayak the back bay.
The peaceful area of the Morro Bay Estuary that fronts Los Osos-Baywood Park offers ideal kayaking conditions.
Home to 250 species of birds and a favorite destination for avid birders, the back bay offers quiet waters and a new perspective on the Central Coast, especially at sunset.
Many local companies offer equipment rental, including the Kayak Shack.For tours, Central Coast Outdoors leads kayakers for half-day and full-day itineraries around the back bay, and can even add picnics or California beach-style grilled dinners upon request.
Regarded as one of the finest and most challenging executive 9-hole golf courses in California, Sea Pines Golf Course enjoys beautiful seaside views of the Morro Bay Estuary, Morro Rock, and nearby coastal dunes.
The course includes a driving range and two practice zones with two putting greens and a chipping area. Golf lessons, foot golf, disc golf, and junior golf opportunities are also available.
An on-site hotel provides comfortable lodgings right on the course, with regular booking rates as well as stay and play packages, while The Clubhouse at Sea Pines offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner to fuel your game.
Taste the fresh flavors of Baywood.
A Baywood institution, Noi’s Little Thai Take-Out produces big flavor from a tiny space. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays (except Tuesdays, when it’s only open until 5PM), Noi’s is famous for its fresh ingredients, spice and worthwhile waits. Bring a bottle of something to sip, as corkage is always free at Noi’s.
On a protected corner of the back bay, Blue Heron Restaurant serves contemporary coastal cuisine like clam chowder, California yellowtail and fish tacos in a warm modern setting. Ingredients are comprised almost entirely of locally sourced seafood and produce from the restaurant’s five-acre farm.
Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria is a picture-perfect, no-frills Italian-American hangout with wine, multiple beers on tap, seriously tasty pizza, and a widescreen TV at the bar for those who want to watch the game.
Want to feel like a giant? This pygmy oak forest features trees stunted by natural causes to heights between just four and twenty feet.
A one-mile boardwalk leads visitors between the oaks and includes multiple trailheads, and provides clearance for panoramic views of the Morro Bay Estuary and nearby mountains, as well as lookout points with prime vistas for viewing wildlife.
Interpretive signs share information about notable plant life within the forest, including coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe,maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, oak and manzanita complex, and of course the pygmy oaks themselves.
Don’t miss docent-led nature walks in the forest focusing on different topics every second Sunday and third Saturday of the month.
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