Manchester Beach State Park

Today is outdoor Wednesday, I found out from another blog I read. So, I decided to use this day to take you on a tour of places that I have been too or that I find interesting. The first place I'd like to show you is Manchester Beach State Park in the Point Arena area. Most of the pictures I have of it were taken in 2001.

We stayed at the KOA there, in their cabins which was a lot of fun! The KOA is wooded and very clean. We really enjoyed our time there.

The park has a beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. The beach line curves gently to form a "catch basin" for sea debris, which accounts for the volume of driftwood found here. Five miles of gentle, sandy beach stretches southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.

The park features a variety of coastal wildflowers, including sea pinks, poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes and blue irises. The park provides habitat for tundra swans. The San Andreas Fault runs into the sea at the park.

The park takes its name from the village of Manchester, which is located in Mendocino County on Coast Highway 1 about seven miles north of Point Arena.

This is an area of rich grazing lands flocks of sheep and herds of cattle which add a pastoral note to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world.

Temperatures seldom rise above 72 nor dip below 50 . Rainfall is heavy from September to May, and morning and evening fog is common during the summer months. Strong winds prevail year-round.


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