Salt Point State Park, Jenner

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Salt Point State Park is a state park in Sonoma County, California, United States. The park covers 6000acre on the coast of Northern California, with 20mi of hiking trails and over 6mi of a rough rocky coast line including Salt Point which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. The park also features the first underwater preserves in California. The constant impact of the waves forms the rocks into many different shapes. These rocks continue underwater providing a wide variety of habitats for marine organisms. The activities at Salt Point include hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving and many others. The weather is cool with fog and cold winds even during the summer.The rocks of Salt Point are sedimentary sandstone. Due to the large amounts of sandstone, small cave-like features called tafoni can be found along the shore of Salt Point.Cultural and natural historyThis park is named for the formation of salt crystals in the cracks and crevices of the rocky coastline. The native Kashaya Pomo collected salt from this area for many years. They used abalone chisels to scrape the salt off the rocks.
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  • We lucked out weather wise and it was simply breathtaking to walk along this easy trail. Saw some seals and comorants -but it was the views-oh my just breathtaking! I was mesmerized by the sound of th...  more »
  • This is one out of only two places in California where it is allowed to pick wild mushrooms. Obviously, mushrooms could be poisonous and you need to know what you're doing!  more »
  • We stayed here for a week and loved it. We have a trailer so we weren't concerned with wind or weather conditions. Site 9 was the closest to the ocean view/trail and we could hear the ocean at night a...  more »

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