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About Ten Mile Beach in Fort Bragg, California

Ten Mile Beach is the long stretch of coastline at Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dunes Preserve in MacKerricher State Park. The beach, which is actually about four miles long, starts at the north end of Main Beach and continues all the way to Ten Mile Creek just south of Seaside Beach. Between these two points is a vast dunes structure that is almost a mile wide. A rough path (an old paved “Haul Road”) used to follow the back of the beach where hikers and horseback riders could travel without damaging the dunes and protected plants and animal habitats. This crumbling old path is being removed by the state to restore the dunes habitat. This makes travel through the dunes difficult, but the beach coastal trail will remain.

There is a parking lot at the south end of the beach on Ward Avenue and one at the north end just off Highway 1 at Ten Mile River Bridge. This might be the ultimate beachcombing beach for hardy souls who brave the common cool windy conditions here. About a mile north of the Ward Ave parking lot is a wetlands area known as Sandhill Lake which makes a great bird-watching spot.

25301 Ward Ave
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Park Name
MacKerricher State Park, Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dunes Preserve
Other Names
Ward Avenue Beach Access
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Beachcombing, Hiking, Birdwatching, Beach Walking, Equestrian Use
Trails, Dunes, Wetlands, Driftwood
Map of Ten Mile Beach
Fort Bragg, US
8:06 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 55°F
L: 49° H: 55°
Feels like 53.58 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 7 m/s
UV Index: 0.08
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:55 am
Sunset: 8:27 pm
Humidity 74 %
Pressure1014 mb
Wind 7 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Seaside Beach

2.6 miles away

Seaside Beach is just north of MacKerricher State Park where Seaside Creek sometimes flows through the sand to the...

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