NATURE CENTER LOOP TRAIL



TRAIL RATING: EASY

The ADA-accessible mile-long double loop provides close-up views of the salt marsh habitat. A boardwalk traverses riparian woodland habitat. Interpretive displays highlight animals and plants of these lands and waters. There are also benches along the double loop, providing the opportunity to sit back and enjoy nature. The San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center offers public restrooms and tables and chairs on the observation deck.

RESOURCE LINKS

Nature Center open daily 9 am - 5 pm
Trails open daily from dawn to dusk 

ADDRESS

2710 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA  92007

Google Map and Directions

    • I-5 to Manchester exit
    • Drive west on Manchester Avenue
    • The entrance is located across the street from the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is owned and managed by:  

ALLOWED

  • Walk, jog, or hike on established trails only
  • Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Equestrians are permitted on trails east of Interstate 5

PROHIBITED

  • Off-trail access
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, and any vehicles
  • Recreational water use, including SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or swimming
  • Any remotely piloted aircraft 
  • Smoking, fireworks, or camping/campfires
  • Collection of any plant, animal, mineral, or cultural artifacts
  • Feeding wildlife, or release of any animal 
  • Fishing, hunting, or weapons
  • Litter and dog waste can harm wildlife. Please dispose properly in the provided receptacles.

 
  Boardwalk displays tell us about lagoon life.