Harmony Headlands State Park, Harmony

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Harmony Headlands State Park preserves an undeveloped parcel of Pacific coast in California, United States. It is located in San Luis Obispo County on Highway 1 between the towns of Cayucos and Harmony. The 748acre park was established in 2003. However bureaucratic difficulties delayed opening the park to the public until November 2008. The Cayucos Land Conservancy helped facilitate and fund the park's development.Harmony Headlands State Park is open for day-use only. Amenities are limited to a small parking area, portable toilet, and a 1.5mi trail. The trail leads through a marine terrace grassland with views of the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers provide assistance and interpretation in the otherwise unstaffed park.HistoryThe present-day state park was a part of Rancho San Geronimo, an 1842 Mexican land grant. In 1865 an American settler bought the Rancho, and it passed through various owners until the Storni family bought a 750acre parcel in 1912. The Stornis operated a dairy farm here until the mid 1960s. In 1975 the Storni Ranch was sold to developers, who hoped to subdivide the property into home sites. The project fell through, and the property was then bought by the American Land Conservancy in 2003, who in turn sold it to California State Parks.
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  • At a wine tasting, we asked, Where do you walk? They said you have to check out Harmony Headlands. As we arrived, there was a park volunteer at the property. She explained about the park and a bit of ...  more »
  • Our friends who knew the area took us to this beautiful hike. We 4 adults went all the way with: A double stroller 2 5yr olds 2 2yr olds 1 6wk old The path to the ocean is gentle and very doable with ...  more »
  • After doing Montana de Oro, this is a bit of a letdown, but if you do it first, you'll probably enjoy it more. The "hike" is quite flat all along, the first 2/3 are a little boring unless you spot som...  more »
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  • Nice little out and back to the coast. Probably one of the slowest State Parks in California, you'll maybe see 2-3 other people if you're here on a weekday. For now it is still free parking and admission which is great. The path is wide enough for a truck and relatively flat. Its a nice and easy walk that is about 3 miles round-trip. Beautiful out here after the rains, but there has been some pretty serious erosion on parts of the trail. Its a nice place to visit, but very limited in what there is to do and see.
  • Nice and easy walk towards the ocean, on the way you have good chance spotting different wild lifes.
  • Moderate walk from parking lot to coast--but well worth it!!! Great views of unspoilt coastline, often all to yourself.
  • Nice easy hike that has pretty views and good spots to watch the ocean.
  • Good trail for children and in-laws. We saw a deer, snake, coyote, and on the rocks by the ocean a car engine all rusty,we don't know how it got there but it was heavy! You can tell it was in ocean for many years. We had excellent time. Maybe forty minute walk from start to ocean. Shalom