Shelter Cove Vacation Travel Information
Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove, California
Black Sands Beach is the south end of a long walkable coastline that is over 20 miles long between Shelter Cove to Mattole River Campground. The Lost Coast Trail takes backpackers north on this beach to numerous wilderness camp spots and remote places. Parts of this stretch are blocked at high tide so plan accordingly if you are backpacking. Day-use of the wide dark sand and pebbly beach near the parking lot is nearly ideal. You can walk either direction on the beach. To the north is a great vast beachcombing shoreline and to the south is Little Black Sands Beach. This entire area is protected by the Bureau of Land Management in the King Range National Conservation Area.
To find the Black Sand Beach parking lot just turn onto Beach Road from Shelter Cove Road. Getting to Shelter Cove requires an hour-long drive on twisty backroads from Highway 101 in the town of Garberville, CA.
Beach Rd and Humboldt Loop
Whitethorn, CA 95589
- Park Name
- King Range National Conservation Area
- Beachcombing, Birdwatching, Beach Walking
- Restrooms, Picnic Tables
- Pet Policy
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- Free parking and free backcountry camping permits issued at trailhead