wonderful, hidden park is one of the real treasures of the
Carpinteria Parks Department. Many locals don't even
know this is here!
There are wonderful
walking trails, vegetation restored as close to its
natural state as possible, spectacular views and a real
sense of privacy. You can usually see seals and
sometimes dolphins in the water. The birds are
numerous and varied.
Early explorers observed Chumash Indians
building their large ocean-going canoes, called tomols,
along these banks. You can still see the natural
asphaltum oozing from the rocks (and all over your feet if
you're not careful).
thing we love the most about this park is you can start
here (on middle to low tide), walk along the beach all the
way to the Salt Marsh Estuary and back. It's about a
two mile walk on clean white sand (except for the occasional
spot of tar, but you get used to that pretty quickly) and
probably one of the most beautiful anywhere.
This park doesn't have
any facilities to speak of, unless you count the benches
placed strategically along the way for gazing at the
Channel Islands and abundant wild life. However, the
State Park borders it.
From Carpinteria Avenue, take Concha Loma Avenue to Calle
Ocho; park at the end
of Calle Ocho and walk across the railroad tracks to the