Harmony Headlands State Park
About Harmony Headlands State Park in Harmony, California
Harmony Headlands State Park is a little-known state-owned property along the California coast, but unfortunately it doesn’t have sandy beaches. It is mostly a network of official and unofficial hiking trails that venture out through wide-open grasslands to the bluff edges.
At the very end of the main trail, and in a couple other places along the way, it is possible to scramble down to a rocky shoreline with crashing waves. It is about a 1.7 mile walk to reach the bluff and another 0.4 farther to the trail’s end at an eroded spot in the bluff. This trip is worth the effort for the scenery and solitude offered in return.
Be sure to check yourself for ticks after you hike here as there are long grasses that can be home to these critters (try to avoid touching the vegetation).
For access to Harmony Headlands look for a small parking lot on the west side of Highway 1 between Cayucos and the tiny hamlet of Harmony. There are no facilities at the parking lot but you might find a portable toilet at the old ranch house property on the right about half-mile from the trailhead. This “Bunk House” is state owned and part of the hike. Note that bikes and dogs are not allowed beyond the parking lot (do not leave pets in cars period).
- Cabrillo Hwy
Harmony, CA 93435
- Park Name
- Harmony Headlands State Park
- State Park
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed in the park
- Small fee for parking
- Hiking, Birdwatching, Photography
- Trails, No Facilities
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