The largest attraction at Crystal Cove the natural beauty located there. Guests come for the outdoors, natural experience and choose their own adventures based on what they are looking for and how much time they plan on spending. Generally speaking, the attractions are divided into the beaches, hiking trails, and camping.
Beaches - Crystal Cove, as can be assumed by its name, is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coves. A map of them all is available on the state park website. The three main beaches to make sure to check out are Moro Beach (easily accessible through a short tunnel, this beach is most popular with body boarders, day visitors, and stand up paddle boarders as well as kayakers and surf fisherman), Reef Point (featuring a trail that leads to 3.5 Cove, a well-known body surfing area), and Pelican Point (with a coastal nature walk through the bluffs). There is also a tide chart on the website, so guests can plan the best time to visit. Guests visiting should make sure to follow all ocean safety guidelines.
Hiking - Hiking is another popular activity for people visiting Crystal Cove. There is a map with all hiking trails available on the website, as the state park has 18 miles of trails leading visitors through 2,400 beautiful acres of wilderness and coastal sage. For guests who plan to camp out, there are three options for environmental camping (one canyon and two higher elevation). The upper, higher elevation trails offer hikers views of mountains, vistas, and the Pacific Ocean. The lower elevation trails lead hikers through woodlands with oak and sycamore trees and the scenic Moro Creek. All trails have great likelihood of spotting many diverse species of wildlife!
Camping - Many visitors to the state park choose to camp on the grounds. There are options for camping: Moro campground features electricity and bathrooms, while some of the other campsites are considered primitive. Reservations are required in advance, as well as a deposit. No pets are allowed. Please read all rules and regulations prior to reserving - especially those concerning trash and fires. Reservations can be made as early as 4 days in advance and as far out as 7 months.
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