The first lumber mill was built on this site in 1885, and was one of the major employers in Fort Bragg. Mendocino redwood was used extensively to rebuild San Francisco following the Great Quake in 1906. After the mill closed, the buildings remained behind a chain link fence. Public opinion was clear: everyone wanted to see the beautiful ocean views that had been hidden for more than a century.
Fast forward a few years, and there’s no sign of the old mill, just breathtaking ocean views as far as the eye can see. The generous, paved trail follows the coastline, close enough to appreciate the beauty of the waves, but far enough from the cliff edges to be safe. It is a popular place to walk, run, ride a bike, and walk your dog (on leash, please), and is wide enough that it doesn’t feel crowded. The walk can be as long or short as you like.