Fun Things to Do in Fort Bragg California

Fun Things to Do in Fort Bragg California
Fort Bragg is located three hours north of San Francisco in California. It lies along scenic Highway One and looks out over the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. This former logging town invites visitors to stroll along 200 acres of preserved bluff lands to visit the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse or take a tour on the historic Skunk Train through 40 miles of Redwood country. Five state parks are also located nearby for abundant recreational opportunities.

At the Beach

Along with several beaches to choose from, those of you who like to putter about picking up rocks and shells might enjoy a trip to Glass Beach. Far from natural, Glass Beach was once home to an actual garbage dump back in the 50's. Since changing our ways, the tide and sand have done a number on all that refuse. The beach is strewn with millions of well-worn glass rocks of every imaginable color. While you aren't allowed to collect any of this junk, it's fun to pick through. If this isn't intriguing, looking for creatures in the nearby tide pools or keeping an eye out for local sea lions may be more your speed.

Abalone Diving

Diving for abalone is a local tradition. It brings hundreds of out-of-towners into the city during abalone season (beginning April 1 every year) to try their hand at hunting for this shellfish delicacy. Regulations are strict so be sure to check in with the local Fish and Game Department before you dive. Also, diving the frigid and rough coastal waters brings its own dangers so you may want to hook up with one of the many local outfitters and dive with a group your first time out. Other ocean activities include surfing, sea cave kayak tours and charter fishing.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg is home to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. There are 47 acres of pathways in full view of the Pacific Ocean, and there's one nature trail leading to the beach. It's well-known for housing nearly 200 rhododendron species; some having been planted and tended since the late 1960's. The gardens also include perennials and heathers. These and countless other flowering plants attract dozens of bird species. As a result, there are excellent birding opportunities throughout the year.

Equestrian Sports

That horse-accessible campsites are available in Fort Bragg shows what a horse-friendly town this is. Riding along the beachfront--right up to the water--is permitted at Ten-Mile Beach and restricted access may be available at MacKerricher and Jug Handle. Nearby Jackson State Forest has over 54,000 acres of trails for riding. Local outfitters can help arrange rides for your group if you don't have your own horse.

Article Written By Nikki Jardin

Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.

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