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.