Elfin Forest, Los Osos
||San Luis Obispo, CA|
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Elfin is the key word here because this doesn't feel like a forest, though it is. Here the California Live Oak, though centuries old, are stunted by the harsh environment and only grow a few feet tall. It doesn't make for a very impressive forest but it's a cool walk nonetheless because there's a feeling of wide open spaces here. The entire area is elevated above the wild, dry hills and shrubland of Morro Bay State Park. There are views of a gorgeous mountain peak and best of all, there are the cutest views of Morro Rock and the bay that surrounds it. A wooden boardwalk raised slightly above the ground takes you down, down towards Morro Bay. Signs tell you about the wildlife and plantlife. There were plenty of happy Los Osos residents joining us on the walk. We had great weather but I hear that it is often foggy or windy in Los Osos.
Afterwards, warm up with a cup of tea at Good Tides Coffee House by tiny Baywood Park Pier. It's a pretty spot.
If your kids need to let off steam, go to Los Osos Community Park for their large skatepark. The playground isn't as nice.
For a super-inspiring beach with tons for kids to explore check out Spooner's Cove. The drive there through the forest of Montana de Oro State Park is a joy.
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From Highway 101, exit at Los Osos Valley Rd and head west. Go almost ten miles and then turn right on S. Bay Blvd. Turn left on Santa Ysabel Ave and then right on 16th St. There is parking at the end of the road and a platform where the walk begins!
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.