Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino City California


The beautiful coastal terrace and low cliffs west of the village of Mendocino originally belonged to a lumber company. In the 1970's they were scheduled for subdivision and development, which would not only have denied the public access to the coast, but changed the community forever.

A coalition of private and public interests purchased the open space for the state park. There is minimal development, just one restroom and a couple of benches, but almost everyone who visits Mendocino walks along the clifftops in this park.



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The northern cove at Mendocino Headlands

(November 11, 2007)


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Winter surf at Mendocino Headlands State Park

(November 11, 2007)


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The entire undeveloped meadow and clifftop area is protected in Mendocino Headlands State Park

(November 11, 2007)


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