Mendocino Headlands State Park

Whales, Wildflowers, and History on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Headlands is a spectacular 347 acre park of sheer bluffs and rocky shoreline surrounding the village of Mendocino, California.  On the south side of the headlands, you'll find two Mendocino beaches: the sandy Big River Beach and Portuguese Beach. There are 3 miles of trails winding along the bluffs, giving you dramatic views and a good vantage point for whale watching in the winter and spring.

Mendocino Headlands, California, USA
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Kayaking and canoeing are popular at the Big River area, where you can rent a canoe to explore sea caves. The rocky ledges of the headlands also attract abalone divers. Surfing, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities. In spring, wildflowers on the headlands create a colorful display.

The park is for day use only. There are parking areas and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. The historic Ford House, built in 1854, houses a visitor center and historical exhibits. It's located on the south side of Main Street. Camping is available at the nearby Russian Gulch State Park to the north, or Van Damme State Park to the south.

You can download a park brochure with a map at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

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