Gaviota State Park


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Gaviota State Park


Location:33 miles west of Santa Barbara on US 101.
Facilities:Family campsites, picnic area, restrooms/showers (é), hiking trails, horseback trails, food service, supplies; no drinking water.
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, diving, surfing, horseback riding.
Special Features:This section of the coast was first called gaviota (seagull) by soldiers of the Portola Expedition in 1769. A railroad trestle crosses the park's creek above the day-use parking lot; a trailhead there allows entry to the upland portions of the park, where Gaviota Peak (2,458 feet) affords panoramic views of the coast and the Channel Islands.
Address:c/o Channel Coast District Office
911 San Pedro St
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone:805-968-1033
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=606
Size: 2,744 acres.

See other parks in California.
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Santa Barbara County holds the prettiest portion of his route: Experience it at its best at Gaviota State Park (from $35; 1.
GAVIOTA PASS: At Gaviota State Park, bear right before the entry kiosk and drive up the hill to the parking area at the trailhead.
Note: There is also beach hiking a bit farther north at Refugio and Gaviota state parks.
Test Man experts, the company launched a series of network enhancements near Auburn State Recreational Area, Gaviota State Park, Mount Diablo State Park, Lake Ming near Sequoia National Forest, Woodward Reservoir Regional Park, the city of Lamont and the San Francisco Bay Area.
LATE AFTERNOON at Gaviota State Park, the gentle spell of waves and wind is briefly broken as Amtrak's Coast Starlight rumbles across an old iron trestle.
There's much to explore: Gaviota State Park offers miles of hiking trails on its 2,760 acres.
Beaches Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches and Gaviota State Park all have excellent campsites--so excellent that they must be booked months in advance for summer (from $25 a night).
Similar beach wheelchairs are also available at Torrey Pines State Beach north of Del Mar, San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, Carpinteria State Beach south of Santa Barbara and Gaviota State Park west of Santa Barbara.
Of 865 campsites in state parks along the area coastline, the only unreserved spots are at Gaviota State Park north of Santa Barbara.
Below it, the Southern California Countercurrent warms up the water to a July average of 63| at Gaviota State Park.
Photo: There's good coastside camping at Gaviota State Park.