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    Carpinteria Salt Marsh

    Santa Barbara, California

    Carpinteria Salt Marsh

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    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "This nature walk travels through a 230-acre salt marsh. As one of the last remaining coastal estuaries in California, this thriving ecosystem is home to a variety of native plants, animals, and sea life. At the start of your walk, you will find yourself just a stone’s throw away from a strip of beach that touts itself as the safest swimming beach in the world.

    The Carpinteria salt marsh is one of the last remaining coastal estuaries in California. This unique wetland, where salt water and fresh water meet, yields ideal conditions for certain plants and animals. More than 190 species of birds, 37 species of fish, and 11 species of mammals have been observed here."

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    Orcutt, CA
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    Mudflats without life until about 1961, when the Southern Pacific Railroad, the State of California and City of Carpenteria and myself started plant a variety of plant life as protection of the railroad tracks from the pounding surf. Now there are many varieties of plants and species of birds, and people watching them. Nice to look at. Never mind the so-called information given there-
    more of the standard "what is native" that does not apply to the Salt Marsh Nature Park.

    Trail Information

    Santa Barbara
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    Trail Type
    Easy to Moderate
    Skill Level
    1 hour
    City of Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department; (805) 684-5405
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    USGS Carpinteria
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