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The star of the town, Morro Bay State Park delights outdoorsy folks of all persuasions. The centerpiece is the striking Morro Rock out in the lagoon, which quietly poses for photographs as you explore the riches of the park. Kids can spend the day exploring the lagoon and bay, either by frolicking in the waters, swimming, surfing, or sailing out to Morro Rock. Or you can hike the Black Hill Trail, a three-mile trek up a volcanic peak that meanders through eucalyptus and oak, offering spectacular views of the estuary and migrating birds. Other amenities of this park include an 18-hole public golf course, a marina, a saltwater marsh, and ...

The star of the town, Morro Bay State Park delights outdoorsy folks of all persuasions. The centerpiece is the striking Morro Rock out in the lagoon, which quietly poses for photographs as you explore the riches of the park. Kids can spend the day exploring the lagoon and bay, either by frolicking in the waters, swimming, surfing, or sailing out to Morro Rock. Or you can hike the Black Hill Trail, a three-mile trek up a volcanic peak that meanders through eucalyptus and oak, offering spectacular views of the estuary and migrating birds. Other amenities of this park include an 18-hole public golf course, a marina, a saltwater marsh, and campsites. The park museum showcases cultural history of the Central Coast, Native American life, geology, and oceanography; plus they offer nature walks, puppet shows, and docent-led tours. The nearby Chumash garden illuminates how native plants of this area were used by the Chumash people. Since the park is on the California coast, it is wise to dress in layers — the fog can make a beach day quite chilly.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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