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Estero Bluffs State Park
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San Luis Obispo Coast District
San Simeon, California   93452

Phone: 805-772-7434
The purpose of the Estero Bluffs SP, in San Luis Obispo County, is to preserve and protect a rich, diverse and particularly scenic area of the Pacific Ocean coast, with sea stacks and intertidal areas, a substantial area of wetlands, low bluffs and coastal terraces punctuated by a number of perennial and intermittent streams, and containing a pocket cove and beach at Villa Creek. The property's rich diversity of habitat types includes marine, intertidal, estuarine, riverine, coastal salt marsh, freshwater marsh, coastal foredune, coastal and riparian scrub and grassland, collectively providing habitat for a number of endangered species, including the snowy plover. The property includes Native American occupancy sites.

History of the Area
Located in San Luis Obispo County, the park was established by California State Parks in 2002. It spans over 353 acres along four miles of coastline and is known for its natural beauty.

The area has a rich history with evidence of Chumash Native American habitation dating back thousands of years. European explorers arrived here during the late-18th century Spanish colonial period.

In more recent times, it served as grazing land for cattle until preservation efforts began to protect this coastal region's unique ecosystem from development threats.

Visitors can enjoy hiking trails that offer panoramic ocean views while preserving wildlife habitats and archaeological resources within its boundaries.

Located on the central coast, this park offers shoreline fishing with species like surfperch, rockfish, and cabezon. Anglers enjoy scenic vistas while casting lines from rugged cliffs or sandy beaches. Fishing regulations apply; a valid license is required for those 16 and older.

Estero Bluffs State Park is located near Atascadero, Los Osos and Morro Bay

- Fig Tree Trail: A 0.4-mile trail that leads to a scenic overlook, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

- Estero Bluffs Trail: This is an easy 3.8 mile out and back trail featuring beautiful wildflowers and bird watching opportunities.

- Villa Creek Beach Access Point: Short path from parking lot leading directly down to the beach; not technically a hiking trail but often used by hikers for coastal access.

- Fisherman's Flat Loop Trail: Approximately one mile in length, this loop offers stunning ocean vistas with potential wildlife sightings such as sea otters or seals.

- Geronimo Road Pathway : An unpaved service road running parallel to Cabrillo Highway providing additional walking space along park's eastern boundary; exact distance varies depending on starting point chosen by hiker.

- Coastal Ridge Route : Unmarked pathway following natural contours of bluffs overlooking coastline ; difficult terrain requiring caution due its steep drops towards water below , total length unknown .

- San Geronimo Creek Overlook Spur : Brief detour off main trails taking visitors closer edge bluff where they can observe creek flowing into ocean beneath them .

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Directions from Los Angeles, California:

- Get on US-101 N from S Broadway.
- Follow US-101 N to CA 41 W in Atascadero.
-Take exit 219A-B for Morro Road/CA -41 toward Cambria/Morro Bay/Fresno Avenue.
-Merge onto El Camino Real and continue straight.

From San Francisco, California:

-Follow I80 E towards Oakland/San Jose
-Take the exit onto I580W/I880S towards Alameda/Airport/Downtown/Oakland
-Proceed with caution through toll booths

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