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Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay

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Morro Bay State Park is a state park on the Morro Bay lagoon, in western San Luis Obispo County, central California. On the lagoon’s northeastern and eastern edges in the park, there are saltwater and brackish marshes that support thriving bird populations.RecreationThere are opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park's Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History has exhibits covering natural features, cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a marina and a public golf course.Two of the Nine Sisters chain of volcanic peaks, Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo, are within the park. Black Hill has a trail through the Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) trees in Flemings Forest.Marine Protected AreasMorro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve are marine protected areas offshore from Morro Bay. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.HistoryThe first settlers of the local area were of the Millingstone Horizon culture, early Chumash Native American peoples. These peoples relied partially on the harvesting of fish and shellfish from Morro Bay. One of the closest local settlements of Chumash to Morro Bay State Park is the Back Bay site, a large Chumash archaeological site on a stabilized sand dune in Los Osos dating to at least as early as 800 to 1200 AD. Cabrillo first encountered the Chumash in the year 1542.
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  • In early October 2016, It was a sunny day with some nice breeze. We had great time visiting Morro Bay and the famous Morro Rock area. To my surprise, you can easily drive to the bottom of the huge Mor...  read more »
  • The hike to the top of Black Hill in Morro Bay State park is pretty light; the views you get from that top,however, are absolutely astonishing! A definite must-see if you in the area. The walk wont ta...  read more »
  • Beautiful place where you can camp, kayak, golf, and walk in the estuary. Marina cafe is also a wonderful place to eat and has long lines. 
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