In January 2020, the long-awaited Pismo Preserve (a conservation project by The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County) opened on the Central Coast of California. With 11+ miles of trails spread over 880 acres, the Preserve has a lot to offer. Visitors can choose to hike or bike various trails that wind from coastal vistas back into winding hills. The Preserve can also be enjoyed by horseback with marked trails and designated trailer parking. All trails originate from the Preserve parking lot, complete with bathrooms and a trail map.
As a Pismo Beach resident, I have frequented the Preserve since its recent opening. After getting past the small challenge of finding parking, you are rewarded with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean stretching from Port SLO to Point Sal.
One of the trails I have enjoyed most is the Spring to Spring route. At 3.6 miles point-to-point, this trail leads you back into oak groves and through a seasonal creek. With a fair amount of elevation gains and drops, this trail can be a great cardio-intensive run or a brisk hike. The Preserve offers many trails of varying Intensity so everyone can enjoy it, even your dog (On Leash)!
Pismo Preserve Hours:
Dawn – Dusk
Trails will close when wet
Parking lot gate locked at 9:30 PM
Directions & Parking
The Pismo Preserve is located off exit 191B from US Highway 101 in Pismo Beach. The entrance and parking lot are located on the east side of the freeway at the very southern end of Mattie Road.
- The Main Preserve parking lot is small and fills up quickly. For more parking, try the accessory dirt lot off Price St across from Ventana Grill.
More details can be found here.
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