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Gaviota State Park, California

(2.6/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
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  • The trail for the Gaviota Peak hike is off the 101N past the tunnel (it's pretty well marked and there is a small parking lot). There are several trails marked on the board, including the fire road an...  more »
  • Gaviota State Park has a bunch of different hikes you can do, but we chose to hike Gaviota Hot Springs and then continue upwards to Gaviota Peak (via Fire Road). The hot springs are very cool to see, ...  more »
  • My family made this a short stop on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip. We managed to time it perfectly so that we arrived just in time to watch the sun set. The pier was closed when we were there, b...  more »
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  • Very nice beach and campground. Crowded and difficult to get reservations in the summer. Surf can be good but it's somewhat inconsistent. Restrooms are standard for state parks... Adequate but not pleasant.
  • My family and I enjoyed our stay at Gaviota State Park camp ground. We payed $45. for one night and received the last spot with no reservations. Our camp site was beach front row and our neighbors were extremely friendly. The site was clean and the beach was clean. The kids played in the water with some of the other campers kids. Very nice environment and very relaxing. The only down fall was that throughout the whole night the winds picked up heavily. Defiantly coming back.
  • 1St time I have been on a beach since I was a kid. Had a blast and the other people on the beach were nice to talk to.
  • This state park is a wonderful gem. While the campground itself is lackluster, the hiking options are fantastic! The campground area is pretty barren and is plagued by the regular evening winds that blow through the Gaviota coast. The facilities there provide a fair amount of light pollution and due to its proximity to Hwy 101 there is an ever present drone of car noise. But don't be turned away by that. the hiking is fantastic. The coastal trailhead leads directly up to a series of wind caves with a nice view of the ocean. Continuing past the caves takes you to a very tall bluff that looks down almost straight down on Hwy 101. From the overlook you can easily reach the true backcountry trails. If you are going to do these, be sure to have plenty of food and water as the temperatures can get high quickly, especially in the summer. One of my favorite parts of the trails is the Hwy 101 underpass trail. Just as it sounds, it goes under 101 connecting the two halves of the park without having to take your feet out of the dirt. The true challenge of the area is the road to Gaviota Peak. At over 2,600 feet this is a great climb with a gorgeous panoramic view of the Gaviota coast and inland to Santa Ynez. Absolutely, 100% worth the climb. Have fun and take a trail map!
  • We didn't get to do much exploring because we were only passing through for the night. The beach was easily accessible and beautiful in the morning. The bathrooms were not well kept though. We got in past dark and didn't quite know what to expect. The wind was so extreme had trouble setting up the tent and sleeping during the night was minimal. We clearly didn't do our research about expecting the wind but waking up to the beach was nice.