Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino

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Mendocino Headlands State Park is a California State Park in Mendocino, California. It consists of 347 acres (1.4 km2) of undeveloped seaside bluffs and islets surrounding the town of Mendocino, two beaches (Big River Beach and Portuguese Beach), and the much larger Big River Unit stretching for eight miles (13 km) along both banks of the nearby Big River.

The park began operation in 1974, after several years of concern and discussion from citizens about the possibility of blufftop development. The Big River Unit was added in 2002.
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  • You won't want to miss this park on your trip. Plan to stay and take in the tranquility and peace this offers to a weary traveler. 
    You won't want to miss this park on your trip. Plan to stay and take in the tranquility and peace this offers to a weary traveler.  more »
  • Mendocino Headlands State Park is stunningly beautiful. The fact that a lot of it is just part of the town of Mendocino makes it all the more interesting. It changes often during the day, whether it.....  more
    Mendocino Headlands State Park is stunningly beautiful. The fact that a lot of it is just part of the town of Mendocino makes it all the more interesting. It changes often during the day, whether it.....  more »
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  • The Mendocino Headlands State Park is okay. Went in here to catch the sun set. There were only a few vehicles parked at the various vista spots in the park. You have to trek some distance to reach the actual beach. Good views. But the lack of signs really marred the whole experience.
  • Spectacular Vistas of cliffs and crystal clear waters. Some of the best views along the northern coast of California. And right by the most charming town on the planet. Truly a must-see place.

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