This is one of the newest segments of the California Coastal Trail, on the headlands west of the City of Fort Bragg. It’s a multi-use, ADA-accessible paved trail with spectacular views, parking, rest rooms, and one-of-a-kind benches made by local artists. There are several ways to access this new public coastal trail, from the west ends of North Harbor Drive, Cypress Street, and Elm Street. The trail has two entrance points – the north, with parking at west end of Elm Street, south of Glass Beach, and the south, with parking at west end of Cypress Street, which is north of Noyo Harbor. The third phase of trail construction connecting these two sections in 2018.
It’s a spectacular trail. There are many interpretive panels explaining the human and natural history of the site. Bikers, strollers, roller bladers, hikers, runners, families, and dogs on leash are welcome on this trail, which connects on its north end to MacKerricher State Park and on its south end to the Noyo Harbor and Pomo Bluffs Park. Views that have been off-limits to the general public for over a century are now open for public enjoyment, and the wildlife viewing opportunities here are varied and superb.