About Gaviota State Park Beach in Goleta, California
Gaviota State Park Beach is a south-facing beach below a tall train trestle about 30 miles west of Santa Barbara and 25 miles southeast of Lompoc. Behind the trestle there is a campground, a seasonal camp store, and a day-use parking lot.
The campground is open to tent and RV camping and each camp spot comes with a fire ring and a picnic table. If you plan to camp here, be forewarned that the trestle has been nicknamed the “Ghost Bridge” and people have reported that the ghosts of two young girls roam Gaviota Beach and campground at night. Creepy huh!
A public fishing pier with a boat hoist juts out from the west side of the sandy beach and Gaviota Creek intermittently flows through on the east side. The pier has been damaged by storms and is frequently closed for safety reason so access to the boat hoist could be blocked. This is too bad as boating is the only way to access the nearby beaches of Hollister Ranch. A fishing license is not required if fishing from the pier.
Excellent hiking trails can be found within the state park and in the adjacent lands of Los Padres National Forest. There is even a hot spring, Gaviota Hot Springs, that you can hike to. That trailhead is about 2.5 miles north on the highway from the main park entrance. The campground spaces can be reserved so inquire at the state park website.
- Gaviota Beach Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
- Park Name
- Gaviota State Park, Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area
- Other Names
- Gaviota Creek, Canada de la Gaviota, Canada del Barro, Gaviota Pass
- State Park
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed in the campground but not on the beach or on trails
- Fees for parking and camping
- Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Surfing, Beach Walking, Swimming, Camping
- Fishing Pier, Campground, Lifeguard, Restrooms, Train Trestle, Picnic Tables, Trails, Hot Springs, Boat Hoist, Accessible Features
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