Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
This 243-acre natural preserve is part of Pescadero State Beach and is an important wintering ground for waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. More than 200 birds species have been seen here. On a recent New Years Day visit we even saw a Kingfisher along with the normal array of heron, ducks, a hawk.
The marsh has at least three trails including the Sequoia Audubon Trail which goes along levees for about 1 mile inland (2 miles round trip). Download trail map. You can visit on your own or take walk with enthusiastic docents who will describe to you the birds and plants you see. Definitely no dogs allowed either on the marsh or on the beach where snowy plovers nest.
Docents lead nature walks in the marsh twice a month. See more details about these 2 hour walks which are given on the first Sunday (10 am) and third Sunday (1 pm) of each month.
A good way to access the Preserve is to park in the free center parking lot of Pescadero State Beach. This lot is on Highway 1 approximately 1/4th mile north Pescadero Road and is immediately south of the Highway 1 bridge over Pescadero Creek. You will see a sign as you go into the center parking lot which directs you onto a protected walkway along Highway 1 over the bridge and then down to the beach under Highway 1.
- Bean Hollow Beach & Pebble Beach – Two very interesting beaches just south of here. There is a great nature walk along interesting rock formations between these two beaches.
- Pescadero Best Things To Do and Map – Drop by our favorite little town, Pescadero, 1-1/2 miles inland for some tasty treats and coffee.
- Half Moon Bay area Things To Do and Map
- Half Moon Bay area Beaches & Trails and Map
- Top of page and Home page