This past Thanksgiving we needed to walk off some of the great food we ate so we decided to take what turned out to be an amazing walk. I call it more of a walk because the road is mostly level, with gentle hills along the edge of Big River for the first seven miles. You’ll pass an abandoned quarry in the first mile. At 4 ½ miles, there’s a small laguna at Dry Dock Gulch where you’ll find wood ducks, blue herons, and other birds. There are huge blackberry bushes which must be filled with fruit in late summer. The trail is incredibly quiet, you can occasionally hear a harbor seal down in the water and birds chirping but that is about it. The stillness is wonderful. No matter what level of hiker you are this walk has something for everyone. Dogs on leash are welcome also. If you Google Big River Estuary you will find lots of history on this landmark conservation project. Trust me….you will love this hike.
Access: go south on Highway One past Main St, and turn left on the north side of the Big River bridge – the sign says “Big River State Beach”. Go down the hill, and bear left (east) to the gate.