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Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2749
+1 949-248-3527
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Walk up above

This was a lovely walk along the cliff above the beach. The trail is gentle and rolling, about a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
roaminginrome101
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Nashville, Tennessee
Great Views , Friendly Staff

We started an easy hike here that begins from the Nature Center. The volunteer was super friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MandC0218
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Riverside, California
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Trails are open everyday from 7:00 AM to Sunset. The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area is managed by two different entities, the City of Dana Point and the Center for Natural Lands Management. It is atop the Dana Point Promontory and is comprised of 4 parks (in total approximately 60 acres) that contain native Coastal Sage and Coastal Bluff Scrub plant communities. Up to 16 rare plant and 2 Federally Listed species call this area home! Approximately 3 miles of different types of trails wind through coastal bluff tops, mesas, and beaches.
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“easy hike” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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34558 Scenic Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2749
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a lovely walk along the cliff above the beach. The trail is gentle and rolling, about a nile long one way.

Thank roaminginrome101
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We started an easy hike here that begins from the Nature Center. The volunteer was super friendly to explain the local wildlife. Highly recommended to stop by this Nature Center for info on local species and history of the area. The ocean view here and...More

Thank MandC0218
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The view is magnificent. Come enjoy the nature trails and stop at the center. It's small but packed with great info on the area.

Thank angihansen
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

best view of the surrounding area. We saw numerous humming birds, and lizards. We watched the sunset one evening and the boats passing by in the ocean.

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Super nice views from this bluff. Closes right at sunset which is a bit of a bummer, but still worth the visit.

Thank Matt T
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Just enough education for a quick stop, and access to the beach (but down a steep walk - not for the infirm!) The volunteers are friendly and informative.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

A good display and explanation of the local wildlife and habitat. Personally I am fascinated by the pocket mouse as DP is one of the rare places they live. Trails are pretty easy and have good ocean views from several vantage points.

Thank capowilson
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

One of our favorite things to do is walk the headlands nature trail, which can be accessed from the nature interpretive center. The people here take such pride in what they do. Knowledgeable about the area and indigenous plants and animals. Excellent place to take...More

Thank Janice P
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Nice place to hike/walk near the coast. One of the more endangered species (mouse) resides here. Trails are limited to the fenced paths with great ocean view.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

This location offers several hikes of different lengths; the basic hike, about 1 mile out/back, provides great views of the pacific and up and down the coast in both directions. If you have an hour to an hour and one-half, definitely check this out. be...More

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kooikermom
January 19, 2016|
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Response from Onehotjogger | Reviewed this property |
According to this website: funorangecountyparks NO dogs are allowed on the trails.
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44paulab55
May 22, 2015|
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Response from DanaPoint D | Property representative |
The Nature Interpretive Center and adjoining patio with views of the preserve is wheelchair accessible. However, the preserve trail is not currently accessible by wheelchair.
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