The current beaches are wonderlands of completely smooth ‘sea glass’ – shards of broken bottles, windows, and other debris that have been worn down over the decades by the rolling surf. Sea glass comes in a wide range of colors, depending on the original materials that were discarded. Over the years the glass has been slowly depleted by visitors taking it home (especially ‘choice’ colors), but the effect of a multi-colored beach remains.
This is an amazing place to visit, as it is one of the few remaining deposits of sea glass still left in the United States (most others have been completely scavenged clean). Visitors are encouraged, however, to appreciate the sea glass visually – collection by visitors over the years has already depleted the site significantly, and if left unchecked will result in the extinction of this incredible destination.
Two of the three original dumping sites are easily-accessible by a path at the north end of the Fort Bragg. The southern beach retains more sea glass than the northern beach, although it is slightly more difficult to access, with a steep descent in part of the trail. The third beach still retains the majority of the sea glass (especially non-white and green colored glasses), but is accessible only by sea kayak.