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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

#1 of 10 in Beaches in Mendocino County
Beach · Nature / Park
You can find large quantities of sea glass at only a handful of beaches in the world, and Glass Beach is one of them. Until 1967, the beach was used as the city's landfill and was covered by all kinds of waste, including colored glass. A major cleanup effort, combined with the effect of the tides, removed all the litter smoothed the glass. Today, the shore is awash with millions of glass pebbles. You also can view a vibrant ecosystem in the tide pools, which are home to a variety of aquatic species. Note that it's illegal to remove glass from the north part of the beach, which is a part of a state park. Plan to visit Glass Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Fort Bragg attractions using our Fort Bragg driving holiday planner.
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  • Looking into the history of this once beautiful place will reveal that the glass results from a lot of trash thrown into the water in this area decades ago. Word around town is a local "glass artist.....  more »
  • The view of the coastline is spectacular. But the disappointing part is that there are hardly any glass left on the beach, compared to how it was back in 2013, during our first time in the area. I.....  more »
  • The most beautiful beach I've ever visited. Wanted to take all that glass home with me!! Lol
  • Tourist took the all the glass this place use to have, but some still remains for people to remember! The trail is open and is great for walks/runs/jogs.

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