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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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  • We were impressed with the easy accessibility, amazing views of Morro Bay, beautiful drive through the park, marina and restaurant and a nice, easy loop trail that had a variety of scenery. There's al...  more »
  • Lovely place to camp near the bay! Recommend spot 115 which was near the bathroom but quiet. Very clean bathrooms and great showers. Be sure to visit natural museum, free if camping. And don't miss ka...  more »
  • What could be nicer than kayaking the Bay or hiking nearby trails. Sand dunes, estuary channels, herons, pelicans, egrets, and seal. And always the Rock. We spent most of the day away from camp so we ...  more »