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Nojoqui Falls Park, Solvang

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Nojoqui Falls is a seasonal waterfall in the Santa Barbara County, California park of the same name.
The falls drop nearly 100 feet over a sandstone wall of the Jalama Formation.
From the sign posted near the falls: "Unlike most waterfalls, which gradually erode upstream, the Nojoqui Falls have built outward from the cliff over time. Calcium and magnesium carbonate from rocks above the falls continually dissolve in the stream water, then are deposited as this water evaporates from the rock around the falls. Stalactites in a cave grow in the same slow manner, and are made of the same type of rock, called travertine. Grooves in the main travertine deposit and a gently curved notch at the base of the falls have formed where the rock has dissolved once again into the stream."
The falls are located one and a half miles east of Highway 101 approximately five miles south of Buellton and about 7 miles southwest of the city of Solvang via Alisal Road. The falls are at the end of a short trail south of the parking lot. Access to the falls themselves has been blocked since 2014 due to landslides
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  • I love this part of California. The backroads which meander quietly through rolling hills and oaks are so peaceful. This little park is just off Hwy 101 between Buellton and Gaviota. Follow the signs ...  more »
  • What a great find on our trip to Solvang this year. Off the beaten path & nice little escape from the bustling town of Solvang  more »
  • Short/easy hike to the falls; just before reaching the falls, the trail is blocked with warning signs - probably to protect the county from lawsuits if someone got injured from falling rocks etc. (you...  more »
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  • Excellent walk! (Not a true hike) the waterfall is awesome after a rainy season. The entire place is pretty clean and has facilities. There are also picnic tables and grills.
  • Nice park and lots of picnic benches and areas to play. A 3 to 4 minute walk at the rear the park and you will find a small waterfall. Nice place to stop by during the week when there is a lot less people.
  • Late summer water still flows, but just a bit more than a garden hose. On the plus side, no mosquitoes.
  • Nice well kept park. The hiking trail to the waterfall is perfect distance in my opinion. It's not too far and it's not too short.
  • Beautiful spot to have a picnic, and a little 10 minute hike to see a lovely water fall. Very clean and well kept. Please let's keep it that way, don't litter.
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