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Bayshore Bluffs Park walk, Morro Bay

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Bayshore Bluffs Park walk, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo California


It's blissful to walk from Bayshore Bluffs Park to Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, through the Heron Rookery Preserve. Start at Bayshore Bluffs Park where you see sailboats and their reflection in the tranquil estuary. As the sun comes out, the dunes across the water light up. Walk the paved path south through the park, admiring the little twisty trees with purple and white puff ball flowers. Tall trees stretch to the sky. Past the lovely townhouses with big windows on Sandpiper Circle, the path veers left, behind the townhouses and up a hill. There is a white fence on one side and cypress trees on the other. Admire the widowmaker tree in the parking lot for The Inn at Morro Bay. The paved path runs parallel to Main Street, like a sidewalk but further from the road. The road and golf course are on one side, and a long strand of eucalyptus trees on the other.
Soon the breaks off more from the road, becomes dirt and goes through the Heron Rookery Preserve. You can smell the bird poop. There are eucalyptus trees everywhere. You descend a hill, with spectacular views of the bay and a little rocky point. Now you are walking along the water, peering through cypress trees. What a beautiful spot!! There is a parking lot called Morro Bay Water Access. The path continues through cypress trees, up a hill, and up some stairs to Museum of Natural History. There are stunning views of Morro Rock! A sculpture called "Seasons Come and Seasons Go" of an Indian man holding a bird up to fly, with the most beautiful view behind it, inspires you! Seasons in life really do come and go. You can walk around the perimeter of the Museum of Natural History, admiring the honeycomb-colored rock face beside you. There is a stone wall and benches, where you can look down on the other side of the bay. Joy! Here you can see Bayside Cafe where people rent kayaks. There are whale bones beside the path. Here you can walk down a steep path and stairs to Bayside Cafe and extend your walk on the Marina Peninsula Trail (a half-mile loop), or just head back. If you head back, you will have walked one mile total. Come on a sunny day because it is much prettier then- late summer and fall is the best time. 
After, have a cup of tea at the spacious outdoor seating at Buttercup Bakery and Cafe in Morro Bay town.


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The view of the bay and little rocky point.
The view of the bay and little rocky point.
Views of Morro Rock, as seen through the puffy flowers at Bayshore Bluffs Park.
Views of Morro Rock, as seen through the puffy flowers at Bayshore Bluffs Park.


Park your car along the road at 160 Bayshore Drive and enjoy the walk! There is also a parking lot at 178 Bayshore Drive if you prefer.

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Last Updated: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 00:27:48 GMT