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Islay Creek Campground and site details

Islay Creek What a campground! Set seconds from the sea and dramatic coast line, encircled by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gorgeous Beach

A lovely beach where to spend the day with a omce family, friends and doggies. Also a perfect cove... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pasadena, California
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A great network of biking trails make this state park a perfect destination for expert and beginner bikers alike.
3550 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402-4103
+1 805-528-0513
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Islay Creek What a campground! Set seconds from the sea and dramatic coast line, encircled by mountains and fogs, populated by quail, owls, racoons and peacocks, this small but characterful spot is the sort you don’t want too many people to know about. The inevitable...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely beach where to spend the day with a omce family, friends and doggies. Also a perfect cove from where to watch and photograph those glorious Californian sunsets.

Thank DiannaOlivaDay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Miles and miles or trails from easy to experienced hikers/ bikers and horseback riders. You will love the view!!

Thank cas4984
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live a mile from the entrance and must say this is one of the most beautiful beachside State Parks. With miles of trails to hike or bike, drive up beach cove and great surfing at Hazards, this is an little known gem.

Thank pbrown1700
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Based on previous reviews decided to visit the state park. The trip was worthwhile. Opportunities to hike which led up to some remarkable views. Also drove down to the beach and went for a walk. Extremely peaceful - a true moment of Zen!

Thank ocguy919
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Perfect morning walk along the cliffs of Montana Del Oro. The views are amazing and be sure to go at low tide and take the path to Coralina Cove and explore the tide pools. Be sure to take water and lunch!! Lots of view spots...More

Thank lday62
Reviewed 12 September 2018

This state park was the reason we stayed in the area. Ironically, I didn't even know about Morro Rock until we got there. Although we did enjoy visiting Morro Rock and and the restaurants in that area, Montana de Oro was the best part of...More

Thank shigbee2018
Reviewed 31 August 2018

An enchanting drive through the Eucalyptus forest unlike any you have ever seen to a quiet serene beach and cove for enjoying the day or camping/RVing. It is just an unknown wonder of the California coast. The Spooner home museum is very well done and...More

1  Thank chancecody
Reviewed 27 August 2018

If you are looking for a serene walk along the craggy cliffs of the Pacific ocean, this is the place for you. The meandering pathways provide something for young and old alike. We were traveling with a group of teenagers and they ALL LOVED the...More

Thank Brent T
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

4 or 5 mile winding road through a cool (but thirst stricken) Eucalyptus forest brings you to the primitive but idyllic Spooner Cove in Montana de Oro State Park. It’s the first thing you come to. There are pit toilets and parking: that is all...More

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20 June 2018|
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Response from Brad W | Reviewed this property |
Right, don't expect anything too amazing in terms of wildlife. Except... on our last visit, we did see a whale breach right offshore. Amazing. If it's warm and sunny, it might be best to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes... More
11 May 2018|
Response from Travelin M | Reviewed this property |
No idea;? is the website not helpful?
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22 November 2017|
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Response from Thomas N | Reviewed this property |
Like the other person said, the best time is Dec.-April. I would go in the morning so that the sun is at your back. If it is a foggy day then afternoon would be better. Take binocs or a spotting scope for an up close view.