Harmony Headlands State Park, Harmony

#11 of 14 in Nature in San Luis Obispo County
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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  • We enjoyed our walk here - though our guidebook had suggested the coast here was "most impressive" - and it wasn't that stunning! But we did have an enjoyable walk along the path to the coast, though ...  more »
  • What a wonderful place to take a short walk, well for some it would be a short walk, for others it would be a hike, and for others it might be a trek. For me it was a nice walk to the coast and back a...  more »
  • Well maintained hiking trail with gradual inclines and descents. A few well placed park benches on the path at good intervals. There is a restroom closer to the parking lot, once you get out past that...  more »
  • It is a nice easy walk to the ocean. Notice I did not say beach, because there isn't any. This is a place for walking and admiring the ocean and the coastline. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful and worth it, especially if you geocache, as there is a dozen or so along the trail. There are benches along the way, and one port a potty about 1/3 of the way in. As far as I can tell, there is no straying of the wide trail, so no exploring. One way in and one way out
  • Great 4 mile hike from the hills to the ocean at the southern end of the park along Highway 1. Pretty brown in the winter time, as expected. Still, great views and geology!
  • What a wonderful place to take a short walk, well for some it would be a short walk, for others it would be a hike, and for others it might be a trek. For me it was a nice walk to the coast and back about 9,500 steps on my Fitbit. As I got out of the parking lot I'm sure I was the first one of the day it was about 7:30 a.m. it was wonderful I hadn't gone 100 feet up The Path and there was the first rabbit then look another then another then another I saw over three dozen rabbits this day probably about more than that in little mice that would cross the road and lived along the pathway their additionally they were quail on the pathway and right near the pathway the farther I got in the more Wildlife I could see there were Birds I could hear them all around me and that was wonderful. I continued on word there's a lake to draw many water birds and keep those little animals hydrated. For me it was a perfect walk the trees in the canyon that lead down to the beach are spectacular. I can hardly wait to take a few more people on this walk. Now as I left and was going back after having been to the beach I started running into people these were the eight old oclock or 9:00 walkers. They were all happy as I said good morning as I went along my return trip. I ran into what had to be a birder who had the phenomenal binoculars as he said oh my gosh the birds are spectacular today wonderful something for everybody to enjoy. I ran into another group that were carrying fishing rods I wish them good luck as they went down to Surf fish. All in all One Fine path and one fine California State Park
  • Maybe my favorite place on the central coast. A short, easy walk to get to stunning views.
  • Great hiking spot that not many people go to

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