Hiking The Gaviota State Park

The 7th most popular hiking trail in California.

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West of Santa Barbara, the 2,800 acre Gaviota State Park has miles of hiking trails through oak woodland and chaparral backcounty.

Make sure to check out the beautiful Nojoqui Falls and the sometimes nude Gavoita Hot Springs(north of park entrance).

To reach the park from Santa Barbara, head west on US101 for 32 miles. Just before driving up a large hill, turn left on Gaviota Beach Road. Head down Gavoita Beach Road towards the State Park Campground. Just before the Campground entrance, veer right on Hollister Ranch Road for about 0.25 miles and look for unsigned parking area on the right.

Note: Mountain lions are present in the park.

Overall, Gaviota State Park is the 7th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gaviota State Park including Gibraltar / Redrock Loop and Romero Canyon Trail.

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Gaviota State Park Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Gaviota State Park (805) 968-3294; CA Visitors (800) GOCALIF.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  State Park Campground; Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Santa Barbara; Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara (800) 676-1280; El Encanto, Santa Barbara (800) 346-7039

Breakfast Restaurant:  Brown Pelican, Santa Barbara; Sambos, Santa Barbar

Reference Source:  click here http://www.parks.ca.gov/

GPS:  34.47175, -120.229611

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/16/2016

ID:  6848

Gaviota State Park Hiking Map


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