For now, the park is divided into north and south sections that will eventually be connected by a 10-acre stretch of land [I think this has been done]. Both offer ample parking, public restrooms and are handicap-accessible. Leashed dogs are welcome, as are bikers, roller bladers and joggers. The trail in both locations is paved and flat, but be sure to bundle up to protect yourself from the wind and chilly bursts of sea spray. Interpretive panels will enlighten your trek with information about the area’s cultural and natural history. And if you need a breather, have a seat on one of the many quirky benches created by local artists.
Access this chunk of Noyo Headlands Park from Highway 1 by heading west on Elm Street and parking in the lot near Glass Beach – one of the last places in the U.S. where shards of smooth sea glass accumulate en masse. Head south along the Coastal Trail and keep your eyes peeled for ospreys, sparrows and black oystercatchers. The trail ends [I think it connects now] in a loop overlooking Soldier Bay. If you’re still craving exercise after returning to your car, a path heading north along the bluffs will take you into MacKerricher State Park.