Nojoqui Falls Walk, Solvang
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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NOTE: Since Dec 2014, this hike has been closed due to a landslide. Check their website for current conditions.
Out in the middle of the dry Solvang countryside is a surprising delight! An area of beautiful woods and a hike that leads to a waterfall! The waterfall is variable in how much it flows, from a very thin trickle to a full waterfall. Even the thin trickle, though, is pretty because of the way it flows down bright green mossy walls into a misty pool below. An abundance of ferns hang from the cliff face beside it. The hike itself is over tree roots and dirt (muddy after a rain- wear boots) and under huge amazing trees. A stream bubbles beside you as you walk, and there are bridges where you cross it. The walk is perfect for kids because it's so short and offers a reward at the end! Kids love to play amongst the rocks in the pool.
After the hike, let your kids have some fun on the playground in the main park area. There's an abundance of pine cones, which kids will have a blast collecting. In the summer, flies will bug you at the park and are only tolerable if you're moving, so forget about sitting on one of the benches to relax. On your drive home, buy some tomatoes or melons at the organic stand along the road that leads out of the park.
If you're hungry, head over to Solvang, a Disneyland-style town with Danish windmills and lots of tourist stores. At Paula's Pancakes you can sit on their sunny patio and look out on the half-timbered buildings and overflowing flower pots all around you. For an amazing medieval playground in Solvang that will keep your kids happy for hours, check out Sunnyfields Park.
Just a few minutes south of Nojoqui Falls along Highway 101 is Gaviota Beach, a great place for an icy swim in summer or to explore in winter. Another fun place along Highway 101 in this area is the Blueberry Farm, where you can pick the most delicious blueberries in summer- a real treat!
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Nojoqui Falls County Park is located at 3190 Alisal Rd, Goleta CA 93117, just five miles south of Solvang.
From Solvang or Buellton, take Highway 101 south for 4.8 miles. Take the Old Coast Hwy exit and then turn east on Alisal Road. If you're northbound on Highway 101, this freeway exit is 3.8 miles north of the turnoff to Lompoc and can be hard to spot.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|Nojoqui Falls has been closed since last December due to a landslide. I was up there yesterday- waterfall has completed dried up.|
|had a great little rest on a familytrip. recommend it to anyone very relaxing and serene!!!|
|What a beautiful little place to stop at. My daughter and i added it to a trip to Cambria. We stopped by Solvang for lunch and then took Alisal Road to the Falls instead of going back to the freeway. I HIGHLY suggest this route, as it was gorgeous. I felt like we were in a fairytale forest! The hike was fairly easy and we had a wonderful time!|
|Stopped by & saw an awesome waterfall flow from all the recent` rain on TUES APRIL 5th most water I've ever seen there & I've been there probably 4 or 5 times over the last 10 years|
|I love coming here with my boys and my husband. We get out there as often as possible. The best time to go is a werek or 2 after it rains. The waterfall is bigger and the sounds and sights are gorgeous. Heading there again today =) Dont forget to bring your camera or at least your phone/camera. Its almost impossible not to want to take pics while heading up there. Very doable walk/hike up the trail, even with young kids...just stay on the path as there is poison oak if you wander too far off of it. we love going =)|
|Small hike...very doable for a 3-year-old. Quiet and nice. Nice and shady. Pretty good amount of rain this year, so the waterfall was beautiful!|
|Beautiful! It looks so tranquil.|
Lorna from Canada
|I would love to see this. Will let you know when I visit.|
|Spectacular falls!!! Worth seeing! Hike was beautiful, under tall trees. Not very far and once to the falls, WOW! Highly recommend!!|
|A very minor hike less than 1 mile which took about 10 minutes with kids. Small waterfall on 3-30-08. Southern California didn't have much rain this year, wonder how glorious the fall is with more water?|