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Address: Schooner Gulch Road and State Highway 1, Point Arena, CA 95468
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Tides

The tides you want to look for are the Spring tides. Those are the lowest low tides and highest high tides. That timing would be most beneficial to see the rocks.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
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Elk Grove, California
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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The tides you want to look for are the Spring tides. Those are the lowest low tides and highest high tides. That timing would be most beneficial to see the rocks.

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Thank taramundo
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Not the easiest beach to locate from the road - but worth seeking out... make sure you check the tides if you want to see Bowling Ball Beach. There is a bit of a hill to negotiate to get down to the beach - but way-marking is clear. On a cool late September day we had the beach to ourselves... More 

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Thank DDFiuto
Melbourne Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We went twice, once before low tide, there was of course nothing, 2nd just before low tide and again there really wasn't anything but a few rocks covered with seaweed. So I did find out that some tides are lower than others and that you need a "negative" tide, but here is my question, does anyone have a picture that... More 

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Thank Kaylee4848
Lower Lake, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Seems like a nice place, but finding the bowling balls is a bit tricky. I've bit it on low tide twice now, but I think both times the ocean was too rough to see the formations. I will give it one more shot!

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Thank Phil K
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Poor parking, moderate hike to reach beach and very beautiful upon arrival. No restroom facilities fyi. Very secluded and romantic.

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South Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

First, check the tide table and go at or near low tide if you want to see the so-called bowling balls. Second, take a map or GPS or have Google Maps open because it's very easy to miss. There is no parking lot, but there is a trailhead sign set back in the shadows of the trees. It's much easier... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

The trail down to the beach is interesting, the views are pretty. Visitors should plan on going at low or slack tide. The picture on the website is of the entire sets of rocks that resemble bowling balls. We were anticipating much more of them. It's worth a visit if you are in the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area.

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Thank freedom212121
Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Be sure to Google it and use the satellite feature to help find the park entrance and trail to Bowling Ball Beach and the condition of the access down to the beach.

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Thank Peg S
Newport
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

There are 2 paths, one to Schooner which we took first and the other to Bowling Ball Beach! Not marked so easy to get confused. Pulloff is @ marker is at 11.41 for Bowling Ball and it is only accessible going south. Ample parking for about 5-6 cars! Schooner Beach is secluded and calm with gentle streams and waves coming... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

First let me say that it wasn't easy to find. No signs but we found it thanks to a campground host. It is a small pull off at the 11.5 mile marker. You can only access this going south. Once there take the path on the north or right side of the pull off to see the rocks. The left... More 

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