From pygmy oak woodlands to brackish coastal marsh, this captivating natural area offers 90 acres of raw beauty to explore. Located adjacent to Morro Bay estuary, the diverse forest features over 200 species of plants and is home to rare butterflies, snails and birds. Visit the Elfin Forest reserve to find easy boardwalk trails (perfect for children), as well as longer hiking paths for intrepid adventurers. Discover a totally unique ecosystem and immerse yourself in the natural world.
8AM to 30 minutes before sunset
Winter Solstice Walk
Geology Talk & Discover Walk
What animals might I see in the park?
You’ll see an amazing diversity of water and wading birds, along with raptors and passerines. Watch for mammals including black-tailed deer, bobcats, raccoons, weasels and rabbits. You can also see numerous species of lizards, tree frogs and toads.
What types of seasonal flowers are there at the Elfin Forest reserve?
Large, blooming shrubs like Ceanothus (a California lilac) burst into beautiful white and lavender blooms in December. Winter is also the best time to see the pink, bell-shaped flowers of the Morro Manzanita, and the Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry. Check the website for information on flora and fauna for the current month.