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Gaviota State Park, California

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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2.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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  • The Gaviota State Park offers some hiking trails through mountains, with several places of stops to admire the view. We went with two small children (10 and 8 years) and was very helpful. Take water and hat
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  • We made a stop here while driving to LA. Ocean views are beautiful however actual beach strip is quite small. On a positive note there is place for camping and some BBQ points for a nice family picnic...  read more »
  • We parked in the park ($10) but could have saved some money by parking on the road to the right, south/east of the train tracks. The wind caves trail actually starts there. The campground itself is no...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Going to the Gaviota wind caves was an excellent little hike. It is only 692 ft high but offers some great views and photo ops. It was nice to sit back and relax in the breezy, cool caves at the top
  • I've been to many state parks in de states, this is the worst I've ever been to. We payed $53 (which is $45 + $8 reservation fee). We were the only ones there, next to the hosts. The hosts were kind, no problem there, but the place has nothing to offer you exept for a small beach. No hook ups, no Wifi, not even a dumpstation, a place to fill your tanks, nothing! I wish I had picked up on that before booking the place! The showers even cost money ($0.25 for 2 minutes). The beach wasn't too clean, but the view at sunset was nice and in the morning we spotted some dolphins.
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