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Coal Oil Point Reserve

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Pretty area to take a walk

Another pretty area to take a walk. Wide open space and a nice coastal route to view the Santa... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Western snowy plovers nesting site

Herons, water fowl and many other birds. Easy walk, but wear appropriate footwear. Close to UCSB... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2015
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24 Jun 2018
“Pretty area to take a walk”
4 Aug 2015
“Western snowy plovers nesting site”
Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California's system of Natural Reserves. The reserve system provides undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the...more
Goleta, CA
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Another pretty area to take a walk. Wide open space and a nice coastal route to view the Santa Barbara channel. If you go during February-May, you can catch a glimpse of the grey whales migrating.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ValerieO315
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Herons, water fowl and many other birds. Easy walk, but wear appropriate footwear. Close to UCSB, but off the beaten path in Goleta.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank hikingteachertustin
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

It's not my custom to share surf spots. But, this is a pretty well known, non-territorial point. Forgive me, local gurus. This was a fantastic place to return to, after traveling abroad. There's no place like home.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank David J
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Took a nice long walk during low tide and they have some pretty good tide pools. Wasn't crowded but parking can be tight

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank getcomfortable
Reviewed 3 December 2014

Very nice place, would recommend for anyone seeking a bit of outdoor near the beach and who enjoy watching bird life.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank klara b
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Took my kids to coal oil point reserve. Generally not a well marked place or easy to figure out where you are going. There is a parking machine and some limited parking spaces. Once parked you then walk in the road and can follow the...More

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank E P
Reviewed 29 August 2012

Surf can be some of the best around the area when the swells come in from the right direction. Best to park at the Southwest corner of Isla Vista and bike or walk to coal oil point.

Date of experience: September 2011
1  Thank Jamey W
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Went to Coal Oil Point for a lab for a class. I would imagine kids would have a lot of fun looking for starfish and other sea life. The rocks are very slippery so be careful!

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank P K
Reviewed 15 December 2011

This is a lovely place to visit for the outdoorsy. The trails from coal oil point to the ocean are my typical running haunt: You can follow the trails to the water to view the sunset or hang out and watch the surfers. There is...More

Date of experience: November 2011
1  Thank LiaKer
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