The El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos, adjacent to the Morro Bay Estuary, is a 90-acre natural area belonging to San Luis Obispo County Parks and California State Parks. Its plant communities include coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, and oak and manzanita complex. The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals, and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails and birds. Chumash middens occur throughout the park.
Third Saturday Walks in the Elfin Forest are docent-led nature walks that focus on different topics. The Walks usually begin around 9:30am at the boardwalk at the end of the 15th Street path. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, as well as long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Please leave pets at home. Walks generally last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. For information call (805) 528-0392 or visit the website.
The Elfin Forest is open to the public from 6am to 10pm daily. It offers great handicap accessible boardwalks via 16th Street.