Birding · Historical Significance · Views
This trail offers several cutoffs to shorten the length and much of it is a gravel road or beach.
Need to Know
There is no restroom at the trailhead.
This loop trail begins in a large parking area, where a gated gravel service road continues along the peninsula.
Going clockwise, take a short, narrow trail through the sand dunes west to the beach and hike north on the packed sand for about 3.5 miles. Stay in the wet sand if the Western Snowy Plovers are nesting so you won't disturb them. Dogs are not allowed on beaches that are closed for Western Snowy Plover nesting. However, if the beach is open, you can let your dog loose as long as they are voice control. Be on the lookout for runners and bikers, as this is a popular area for locals.
Turn when you reach the jetty and follow a narrow track along the mouth of the bay. You can see the town and campground of Bayview across the channel and you'll probably see a few fishing boats headed in or out.
The trail will come out onto the gravel road that allows service vehicles to reach the jetty. This road is closed and the rest of the trail follows the road. Be on the lookout for bikers. Follow the road along the edge of the peninsula, navigate the washout you'll find in a small bay, and continue south. You'll pass an abandoned and closed campground area with an old outhouse still standing. There is no overnight camping allowed on the peninsula. You may see kayaks or fishermen just offshore in the bay.
Follow the road another 3 miles or so, heading inland to avoid a wetland area, and passing several cross-trails that navigate the interior of the peninsula. Some of these cross-trails provide opportunities to make a shorter loop by cutting over in the middle of the peninsula. There are also historically significant areas described by signs.
The road will lead back to the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Scottish gorse. Western Snowy Plovers.
Shared By: Samantha Goodwin